Making your preferences known for how you want to be supported in the future is very important to help ensure that your wishes are met. By considering your Advance Care Plan, you’ll let loved ones and healthcare professionals know what you’d like to happen.
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Advance Care ­Planning

What is an Advanced Care Plan?

Your Advance Care Plan enables you to record your wishes and preferences for how you’d like to be cared for and supported in the future.

It will let health and social care professionals know what your wishes are, and what is particularly important to you should you become too unwell to be able to tell someone.

How can an Advanced Care Plan help me?

Advance Care Planning can help you to prepare for the future. It gives you an opportunity to think, talk about and record your preferences and priorities for your future care. This can include care towards the end of your life – but also plans for after you are gone, such as who will manage your estate or look after your pets.

Recording your preferences in an Advance Care Plan should be done at your own pace, and when you feel ready.

Your feelings and priorities may change over time. You can change what you have written whenever you wish to. We advise that your review your plan regularly, to make sure your Plan still reflects your current wishes.

What should I write in my Advance Care Plan?

You can include anything in your Advance Care Plan.

It can include things about yourself and your medical needs or history; things that are important to you, both in terms of care or on a personal level; details of your preferred treatment, and where you’d like to be cared for; and who you will look after your Advance Care Plan and ensure it is considered if or when the time comes.

Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT) or ‘Living Will’

In your Advance Care Plan, you’ll be able to let those closest to you, carers and healthcare professionals, know what your wishes are for your treatment in the future.

You may have heard of an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT); which is sometimes referred to as a ‘living will’. It is a way of recording your decision for those who wish to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future. This is so that your preferences are recorded should there come a time when you’re unable to communicate your decision yourself.

The treatments you’re deciding to refuse must all be named in the ADRT.

You could refuse a treatment that could potentially keep you alive, known as life-sustaining treatment. For example, this is treatment that replaces or supports your bodily functions, such as:

  • Ventilation – this may be used if you cannot breathe by yourself
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – this may be used if your heart stops
  • Antibiotics – this can help your body fight infection

We encourage you to discuss your options with a doctor or nurse who knows about your medical history, before you make your decision in regards to ADRT.

Take a look at what an Advance Care Plan looks like

ACP Document Front CoverYou can take a look at an Advance Care Plan template by clicking on the link below, or the image to the right.

This is the document that St Clare Hospice and many other local healthcare providers recognise in our community.

Please click here to view the Advance Care Plan we use at St Clare Hospice.

How to write your Advance Care Plan today

Here at St Clare, we often offer those who we care for the opportunity to complete an Advance Care Plan with our guidance and support.

If you would like to request a hardcopy of our Advance Care Plan booklet for you to fill in, please do get in touch with us.

Call us on 01279 773700 

Email us at

Who to give your Advance Care Plan to

It’s very important that you make your wishes known to those who are closest to you, as well as any health or social care professionals that are directly involved in your care.

That way, if you become too unwell to make your preferences known, those around you will be able to make sure your wishes are taken into account.

We suggest that you let your trusted family and loved ones know where your Advance Care Plan is safely stored, so that they can access it if or when they need to.

If your decide to indicate a refusal for treatment within your Advance Care Plan, you will also need to give a copy of the document to your GP and your consultant.

Get in touch

If you’d like to speak with a member of the St Clare team about Advance Care Planning, we’d be more than happy to hear from you.

Call us on 01279 773700

Email us at