Lasting power of attorney

2. Advance care planning

After a diagnosis of dementia, lots of people decide to put plans in place for their future. There are a number of ways that you can do this. Collectively, this is known as ‘advance care planning’. It may be difficult at this time to think about the future, but it can also be reassuring to know that you have made your wishes and preferences clear, and have people who will be able to make decisions in your best interests.

Advance care planning allows you to make choices and decisions about your future care, in case there is a time when you can’t make them for yourself. Lasting powers of attorney are just one way to plan ahead. Other ways to plan ahead include advance statements or advance decisions. These allow you to put in writing that you want to refuse certain treatments, or your preferences about other care choices. 

Other things you might think about are putting your finances in order and making a will, or updating a will you have already made.