‘Sometimes people worry about their health changing at some point in the future.’
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‘This could be because of long term health conditions or disabilities, or a serious illness. Or because they are getting older and a bit more frail. People who are caring for someone might worry about what will happen if they are unwell.’
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‘If you’re worried that your health might change or you’ll need more help soon, the people looking after you want to hear what’s important to you and talk about what can help. In the NHS and social care services in Scotland, we call this Future Care Planning.’
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‘You can ask to talk with your doctor or your nurse or speak to another care worker that you know. Or, one of them might suggest having a conversation with you about planning ahead. You can ask any questions, discuss things that are on your mind, and get a better idea of what treatments, care and support might be available to you. It can help to include family or close friends in these discussions.’
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‘This lets you tell people about what matters to you. Your doctor, nurse or carer can put what you tell them into the care plan in your health record.’
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‘Your care plan can be shared safely with other professionals and services like NHS 24, the ambulance service, and hospitals. That helps staff see important information about you and your health, treatments and care. Your care plan can be changed if you want, or if things change for you.’
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‘Changes in your health can affect other parts of your life too. Some people choose to get advice about things like making a will, managing money or setting up a Power of Attorney.’
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‘On the NHS inform website there is information about Future Care Planning to help you find out more about what you can do to plan ahead.’
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