No-one wants to think about becoming ill or that there might be a point where it becomes very difficult to manage at home. However no one knows when their health may change, and having a plan in place can help the individual to remain in control.
The Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership is encouraging people to think ahead about how you would like your life to look in the future and what you and others can do to help you.
Having a plan in place well in advance can help. This may include such things as decisions about care, treatments and how you can manage your money. Doing this ensures that everyone involved in looking after you, including doctors, care workers and the people closest to you, take account of your wishes about your ongoing care.
It’s never too early to plan for the future. This is called making an Anticipatory Care Plan. It is about thinking ahead.
Sharing your thoughts and talking to the people who matter to you can help to shape the right plan for you. Involving important people in your life makes sure that you have a voice in your care at all times. It also means that your family, friends and anyone you wish to share your plan with are aware of what is important to you.
Many people with long term conditions or chronic health problems can benefit from having an Anticipatory Care Plan. If you have a long term condition, Anticipatory Care Planning encourages you to think ahead and understand your health. It’s about knowing how to use services better and it helps you make choices about your future care.
Your Anticipatory Care Plan is not legally binding in any way; completing it is voluntary and it can be updated at any time to reflect changes in your thinking or circumstances.