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What would you do if you no longer had the ability to make decisions about your wishes and needs?

At some stage in your life you may become incapacitated and unable to make people aware of your wishes and feelings. It is therefore important that your wishes and feelings are known for the future. There are two ways to do this; the first is by taking out a Lasting Power of Attorney and there is a charge for this unless you are on certain benefits. The other is by making Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions.

Barnsley has identified this as a priority for the area and Barnsley Arena and the Participation Team at Voluntary Action Barnsley have been working with BMBC Social Services to promote Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions to local residents.

The Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions document is owned by you and stored by you and it is your responsibility to make sure that it is kept somewhere where you or your nominated person can easily get to it in times of trouble.

The document gives you the chance to describe what worked well for you in the past.

Examples of other things which you could include information about:

Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions also give you the opportunity to make decisions about the types of medical treatment you may wish to refuse.

Your Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions can be legally binding (if completed carefully) and be read and adhered to by those caring for you. It is anticipated that the only time these decisions may be overruled is for safeguarding you if you are at risk/or it is in your best interests.

Anyone over 18 years of age who has the ability/mental capacity to make decisions can create Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions. In certain circumstances, 16/17 year olds may be able to make Advance Statements/Advanced Decisions but should seek advice to consider if this is possible.

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