End of life care

Advance statement and decision


Mental capacity means you have the ability to make your own decisions. Have you ever thought about what would happen if you lost your capacity due to illness of injury? Who would you trust to make decisions on your behalf?

Advance Statement

An Advance Statement allows you to record your preferences, wishes, beliefs and values around your future care.

The Statement provides a guide to anyone who might have to make decisions in your best interest if you have lost the capacity to make decisions or communicate them.

It may include:

  • where you would like to be cared for (e.g. at home, in a hospital, in a Care Home, in a Hospice);
  • how you like to do things (e.g. if you prefer a shower instead of a bath, or like to sleep with the light on);
  • how you want any religious or spiritual beliefs to be reflected in your care;
  • concerns about practical issues (e.g. who will look after your dog if you become ill).

An Advance Statement is not a legally binding document.

For more information visit Advance Statement or call 0800 999 2434.

Advance Decision (Living Will)

An Advance Decision (sometimes known as an Advanced Decision to Refuse Treatment or Living Will) allows you to record any medical treatment you do not want to be given in the future, if you're unable to make or communicate these decisions yourself.

An Advance Decision is a legally binding document and must be followed by healthcare professionals.

You do not need a solicitor to make an Advance Decision. There are charities that provide free support to complete an Advance Decision over the phone or by email.

For more information visit Advance Decision or call 0800 999 2434.