Why it's good to talk about care

It's never too soon to think about what you'd like to happen if you get ill, or your health condition changes. Having conversations with the people close to you helps them too.

There are situations where it’s more important to make plans, such as after being diagnosed with certain health conditions. But you don’t have to be unwell to start talking about your health and care.

Your family or close friends may need to help make decisions about your treatment and care if you're very ill. So it's important to talk about how you'd like to be cared for with the people close to you in advance.

Thinking ahead helps you have better conversations about your care with your doctor, nurse or care worker.

What matters to you might be different if things change for you. If that happens, you can update any information you’ve given to your care team.