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Explain the importance of supporting individuals to plan for their future wellbeing and fulfilment, including end-of-life care

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Individuals receiving care should be supported to plan for their future well-being and fulfilment by expressing themselves and having their needs, wishes and preferences listened to and acted upon.

We all have dreams, wishes and goals and just because somebody is receiving care, it does not mean that these desires should be put on hold. Some individuals that have been in the care system for a long time may have become accustomed to not thinking about their future, so care workers may need to encourage them to think about how they may want to reach their potential.

Having things to look forward to can have a big impact on the well-being of individuals that are receiving care. By taking the time to understand what is important to an individual including their likes and dislikes, you will be in the best position to provide care that has a positive impact on their wellbeing, now and in the future.

Individuals should also be supported and feel comfortable to change their minds if they feel something isn’t working as they expected.

Where individuals are unable to make decisions for themselves, they can be represented by others, such as a family member or an independent advocate.

Advance Care Planning

For individuals in end-of-life care, planning for the future is especially important so that their wishes and preferences are still be considered when they are unable to make or communicate their own choices.

Advance Care Planning (ACP), which is backed by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is the process of an individual making plans about their future care whilst they still have the capacity to do so. They may also appoint an advocate that represent them in the future. This ensures that any future care they receive is in line with their values, goals and preferences.

Care workers should encourage ACP so that the future well-being of individuals receiving care is ensured.

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