Dementia and the advance care plan

Thinking about the care you want in the future and discussing your wishes with family and healthcare professionals is an important plan of planning – especially for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia. Creating an advance care plan ensures that your desires and preferences are recorded and taken into account.

Read on to learn more about dementia care in Chadwell Health, Romford and the importance of creating an advance care plan. 

What is an advance care plan?

An advance care plan is an important document that outlines your preferences, desires and wishes when it comes to receiving care and support. Keeping a record of these views will influence future decisions about the type of care you receive, any medical treatments necessary, and how you receive end of life care. 

While the document is not considered legally binding, it will help the people providing care or involved in the process understand your values and wishes so that you receive the care you want. Creating an advance care plan is particularly important for people who have been diagnosed with dementia as they may find it increasingly difficult to communicate their wishes or make important decisions as the condition progresses. Close family members and relevant health care professionals are often involved in the creation of an advance care plan.

What to include in your advance care plan 

When creating an advance care plan, consider the following factors: 

  1. How would you like to be cared for?
  2. Who would you like to care for you?
  3. What medical treatments do you want?
  4. What medical treatments do you not want? 
  5. Where do you prefer to die?
  6. What are your funeral wishes? 
  7. Do you have any cultural or spiritual values that you want to be respected?
  8. What are the details of your Will?
  9. Who will be involved in decision making (lasting power of attorney), if you are unable to make your own? 

Understanding dementia

Dementia describes a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain, affecting a person’s ability to remember, think, make decisions and communicate. While it can affect a person at any age, it most often develops after the age of 65. That said, dementia is not considered a normal part of ageing. Signs and symptoms of dementia can have a profound impact on a person’s daily life, even affecting their ability to live safely and independently at home. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. 

Our trusted dementia care services 

Our care team receives specialist training to support those living with a complex condition like dementia. As members of Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer’s Society, we’re up to date with the latest information and advances in dementia care. Residents can enjoy our dedicated sensory room or engage in activities that are specifically designed for those diagnosed with the condition. Our goal is to support those living with dementia in living a safe and happy life that’s in accordance with their needs and wishes. 

Get in touch 
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, our compassionate staff are here to support you as you navigate this journey. Please feel free to get in touch or call us on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns or provide more information on how our trusted dementia care services can help.