It is very helpful to know your values, wishes and decisions about any future care you may need, including if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.
Your values and wishes
Think about your care choices and goals and discuss them with your family, doctor and palliative care team. This is a good way to get your wishes understood and respected.
Advance care plans
Writing down your wishes about your care and treatment options helps make sure your decisions are respected if you are longer able to speak for yourself. This is called an advance care plan.
You can consider questions such as:
- Who will I trust to carry out my wishes?
- Who do I want to make decisions for me if I can’t?
- What matters most to me?
- What goals do I want to guide the care I receive?
- Where do I want to spend my last days?
- Who do I want to be with me when I die?
Talk to your family, doctor and palliative care team about your wishes and advance care plan. If you find it difficult to talk about death or dying, or if your cultural practice is for your family to make these decisions, let your palliative care team know.