This will be different for each person.
You may have one or two close family members with whom you want to discuss your future. Or it could be:
- a close friend or colleague
- a community elder
- a religious, legal or financial adviser
- a healthcare worker.
Your GP may be a good person to involve in the conversation – particularly around healthcare decisions. Your GP should have a good understanding of your health conditions and should provide some co-ordination of your overall care.
Whoever is involved in the process of planning ahead, it is vital that any outcomes from this planning are communicated to key people in your life - those who may need to make decisions for you in the future.
You should discuss issues of importance with these substitute decision-makers and give them copies of relevant documents related to planning ahead.