Membership of the Registry
What is the point of making an advance decision and Living Will if no-one knows about it?
To complete Registration, please send a copy of your Signed and Witnessed Living Will to: UK Living Will Registry, Registry House, 45 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1XL.
I can look up your wishes in an instant
Subscribe and we will send you a credit card-sized Living Will Registry card to keep with you at all times in your wallet, purse or handbag plus a set of personalised stickers for you to attach as you wish, for example on your drivers licence. Perhaps even consider giving one to your Doctor to put in his notes?
Using the unique internet lookup code located on the reverse of the card and on each sticker, medical professionals and your family have the ability to access your Living Will online 24/7
The card states that your wishes are legally binding and is brightly coloured, so that it can be clearly seen. When you register your Living Will with us you can update it as often as you wish. And of course anyone using the online lookup will find your updated wishes without you have to inform everyone of any changes you have made.
You will be contacted every year to confirm that your wishes have not been changed, to update your wishes if they have, as well as to update personal and next of kin contact information. There is then no doubt that your Living Will still represents your wishes. This annual reminder and updating is part your Membership of the Registry.
- In a YouGov Poll conducted in 2011, the majority of people (82% of those polled) had strong feelings about their care at the end of life, yet very few people (3%) had recorded them in an Advance Decision.
- What’s more, some research suggests that as many as 75-95% of people would rather refuse aggressive medical treatment than have their lives medically prolonged in a situation where imminent death is unpreventable.
Register Your Living Will
Creating and Registering my Living Will is one less stress for my family
It’s all very well writing a Living Will, but what if no one knows it exists?
The subject of Advanced Decisions and Living Wills comes at a pivotal time for end of life care in Britain. The demand for Living Wills continues to rise as more people become concerned about the way in which their terminal illness will be managed.
Research would suggest that there are a large proportion of people in the UK who are not living their final days in the way they would like. Just take a look at some of these figures for yourself.
- A new study, which looked at in excess of 200 calls to Compassion in Dying, found that a major barrier to patients exercising choice was doctors’ failure to engage with patients about their Advance Decision and the lack of systems in place to record them.
- A report from charity ‘Compassion in Dying’ has found that almost half of those who have lost someone close to them through a short or long illness felt that their loved one died badly. Interestingly, in cases where the dying person had recorded their end of life wishes, their friends and relatives were more likely to report that they had a ‘good’ death (58%).
It also found that people’s priorities at end of life include:
- being free from pain and discomfort
- being surrounded by loved ones
- privacy and dignity
- familiar surroundings
- being in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Isn’t this what you would want for you and any of your friends of loved ones?
Registering your Living will with the UK Living Will Registry is perhaps the most effective way of ensuring that your end of life wishes are recorded and that the right people are kept informed.