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How to help people make choices about their care

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Planning ahead is important, regardless of whether someone has an illness or not, in case they ever become unable to make choices for themselves.

A diagnosis of cancer often prompts people to think about future care, which can still be helpful even if the cancer is cured.

Statistics from a 2010 Macmillan survey of 1,019 adults living with cancer in the UK shows that 73% of people with cancer would prefer to die at home, but only 27% of people do. We want to make it easier for people to record their preferences so that their wishes can be carried out.

Our free resource for England and Wales ‘Your life and your choices: plan ahead’ contains easily digestible information and two useful documents to record preferences.

It can help you talk to the people you support about planning their future care by asking the right questions, at the right time. It provides information on various aspects of advance care planning, as well as making a will, organ and tissue donation, and funeral planning.

Help your patients make arrangements for their future care. Order ‘Your Life and your choices: plan ahead’ from be.macmillan.org.uk today.

Or to find out how else we can help, visit us online at macmillan.org.uk/patientsupport

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