Living Will Provider

Are you eager to arrange a living will? Are you interested in making sure that your wishes can be granted if you ever lose the ability to speak for yourself? Then choose the UK Living Will Registry. The UK Living Will Registry have years of experience when it comes to producing living wills and can guide through each part of the process to ensure that nothing is missed out. You can update your living will whenever you like. With a living will, you can make sure that your healthcare providers and family know what to do in the event or you not being able to vocalise your requests. Be in Control Your living will can contain information on whether you would prefer your life to be prolonged or if you would prefer to be lift in peace. There is a legally-binding part of a living will called an Advance Decision. You can get in touch with the UK Living Will Registry today if you’re interested in enlisting their services. Stay in control of your future with the UK Living Will Registry. Living wills help your family to avoid confusion over how to grant your wishes. Find out more by heading to the...

The NHS must learn to be smarter

The NHS is at breaking-point due to underfunding. More money is needed to face the new challenges of an ageing population and worsening health. It is, however, far from the truth that the only correct response is more money. It is also the case that good care can cost less; and there is certainly space for large efficiency savings. One response, popular with the public, is to find new ways to treat patients near to their homes, and in them, rather than ferry them to expensive hospitals. Very often the services people want to receive are not to be found in hospitals, even if by refusing certain invasive treatments a patient’s life may be shortened. Realising this not only leads to increased patient satisfaction, but to savings that would not have been achieved otherwise. There are some powerful ideas that have the potential to transform modern healthcare. But these ideas have barely been tried by the NHS. We are confident that the NHS can meet modern challenges by finding greater value from the money it already spends. It is time that budget pressure was used as a catalyst to do things differently; to make improvements that, for whatever reason, were avoided in the halcyon days of plenty. The UK Living Will Registry which has recently launched, is already working to help increase the choice that people have about how, when and where they receive end of life care. The service we provide will become an important link in the overall system that will be needed to enable end-of-life choices to be acted upon. Further Reading...

Letter to Jeremy Hunt at the Dept. of Health

The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt   House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 07th October 2014       Dear Mr Hunt,   I was interested to hear that the government has set up an independent review into choices in end-of-life care. I have attached results from a survey that we recently conducted regarding Living Wills (also known as Advance Decisions) and end-of-life care, which you may find interesting, and instructive for your review.   We sit at an unparalleled juncture in history, in which most of us can expect to live to old age. Compare this to medieval Britain, where life expectancy was just 30 years. It is not uncommon now, however, to survive to middle age before personally experiencing the death of a loved one. Advances in modern medicine allow us to live well with chronic illness, but we also run the risk that the lives of frail older people are prolonged to the point where life becomes a burden. As medicine develops, so too does the ability to prolong life by artificial means. Machines to enable a person to breathe and feed them intravenously and resuscitating a person or administering drugs can all prolong life, even if these actions themselves can no longer aid recovery. Dying people often fear ‘lingering on’ unnecessarily, and have priorities such as retaining a sense of control and not being a burden on their loved ones. Yet in the medical setting, we can often overlook the wishes of a patient to have a peaceful death.   Added to this, it is very rare to find realistic public depictions of the most common death...

Plan ahead to make sure you get the care that you want

Do you know what advance care planning is? You should. Advance care planning is when you or a loved one writes down your wishes and instructions for future health care. Basically, it’s a living will built around one’s beliefs, values, and wishes. Advance care planning allows someone to express fully and thoughtfully their wishes for future health decisions. Why is this so important? We see it all the time where people don’t have advance care planning in place and it makes it so difficult. Difficult on their family most of all. How is someone supposed to make a potential life or death decision about a loved one? It’s too tough. Sometimes it’s not done because people are afraid to talk about their future health and mortality. Yet, it’s something we will all go through. Health challenges and eventually death. It’s very healthy to talk about! We can’t be afraid to. We must have these discussions with our loved ones and friends. There are a few primary tools to work with here. Advance care planning may include any or all of these tools:  A Power of Attorney where you appoint someone to make decisions about your financial affairs, business and property – even if you become incapacitated.  A Living Will (also known as an Advance Decision or Advance Directive) with your instructions for health and personal care in the case that you become incapacitated, which can then be registered with us at the UK Living Will Registry so that it can be easily accessed by medical professionals if it is ever needed. It may be best to speak...

Get an Advance Decision today, before it’s too late

This moving end-of-life story of an 84 year old Korean War veteran in the US reminds us why it is so important to create an Advance Decision, and have it registered at the UK Living Will Registry so that people know about it and can access it easily. If Ken had discussed crucial issues before arriving on his deathbed; if he had taken the time to document his wishes in an Advance Directive, then he may have avoided the painful, degrading and undignified delay of his death. Read more: http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/life/faith/2014/08/08/too-late/13796867/ If you don’t have an advance directive, the UK Living Will Registry urges you to get started today. A well written Advance Directive, like the one we provide, can ease the burden on your family and ensure that you spend your final days in the dignity of your own choosing. We also highly recommend that you go one step further and register your Advance Decision with us. We are the only national registry of Advance Decisions and Living Wills in the UK, and the registration is an incredibly quick, simple and inexpensive process.  This is the only way you can ensure that all relevant parties are aware of your wishes should you become mentally or physically incapacitated, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, day or night....

Sweden’s care for its elderly population

The UK should take note of how things are done in Sweden when it comes to the provision of care to the elderly. What accounts for Sweden’s success in this area? Sweden considers what the patient wants. How? By asking them! Once they know what people want, they work together with the individual to make it happen. Flexibility is key here. Unlike in the UK where the system is horribly fragmented, in Sweden the health service and social care services talk to one another and coordinate. Want to get across what you want in case you are ever unable to do so? Make sure you create and register a Living Will with the UK Living Will Registry. Watch the video on this link for more on Sweden’s care for its elderly population: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28654739...