What kind of care would you like at the very end of your life? Where would you like to be? Do you want music playing? Would you want medical staff to try to resuscitate you?
If you can’t speak for yourself at the time, how can you be sure the people, involved in your care, do what you want?
Very few of us make our dying wishes known. Even the elderly and frail often shy away from documenting their preferences.
Yet recording our wishes is crucial because the health professionals you come into contact with, at the end of your life, may know very little about you.
Advance Care Planning can be particularly crucial when disaster strikes, such as a cardiac arrest. It enables paramedics arriving on the scene to understand and respect your documented wishes.
In this session we discuss why it’s so important to make your wishes known, and how to go about it using the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment which will soon be launching in the West of England.
ReSPECT can be for anyone, but will have increasing relevance for people who have complex health needs, people who are likely to be nearing the end of their lives and people who are at risk of sudden deterioration.
This free event is part of the Life, Death and the Rest 2019 festival. No need to book, just turn up.
If you’re interested in this event you may like to join us at our monthly Death Cafe’s?