'Planning for your future care' available in six languages
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If you have identified someone in the last year of life and English is not their first language, having those initial conversations and encouraging them to think about planning end of life care becomes more challenging.
Now the publication Planning For Your Future Care: a Guide has been translated into six languages to enable and improve conversations with individuals and support their choices and decision.
Planning For Your Future Care has become one of the key documents a GP practice and associated health and social care professionals can provide a patient with following a terminal diagnosis. And now the publication is available in six languages, making it accessible to a far wider patient base.
Originally published in 2009 and revised in February 2012, Planning For Your Future Care was put together by the National End of Life Care programme, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the University of Nottingham. In April this year it was made available in Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu as well as English.
The booklet is one of the most commonly requested at NCPC. Simon Chapman, NCPC's Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, commented: "It’s fantastic that the booklet is so popular there is demand for translation. An important part of our work is that all communities are enabled to talk about dying, death and bereavement and this includes people for whom English is not their first language."
Planning For Your Future Care explains in simple language the wide range of issues which can be covered through advance care planning, as well as giving practical advice on how to develop written plans and decisions.
The authors of the booklet urge health and social care professionals to consider how well-equipped they are to deal with the issues raised by advance care planning, including requests to make an advance decision to refuse treatment. If as part of advance care planning people choose to make an advance decision to refuse treatment, the guide recommends that they seek the advice of an experienced healthcare professional. It also explains that, unlike many other aspects of advance care planning, such decisions must be put in writing and signed.
Planning For Your Future Care notes that plans can go well beyond treatment decisions, covering, for example, a strong preference to die at home, how the patient's religious or spiritual beliefs can be reflected in their care and even directions for caring for a pet.
The Planning For Your Future Care booklet should be available at all GP surgeries, through neighbourhood team nurses, all local hospices, social services teams and local libraries.