Documenting your wishes

Formally documenting your wishes this way makes it clear and simple for your loved ones and those involved in your care to make decisions if you can no longer. These documents can be overridden by yourself if you have the capacity to do so.

Planning ahead can feel daunting, there are many ways of documenting your wishes which can feel overwhelming and full of terminology which is hard to understand. Listed below are some of the ways you can make plans for your care and record your wishes.

Documenting your wishes in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has not yet fully implemented the Mental Health Act forming the basis of the rest of the forms detailed here. Therefore, there is no legally binding way of documenting wishes or creating a lasting power of attorney.

However, you can still make advance decisions and communicate these in writing. They will be treated the same as other documents, informing doctors treatment decisions and helping to make sure that your wishes are carried out.