Call for caring wills

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The King’s Fund, an independent charity which carries out research into the welfare needs of older and disadvantaged people in London, has called for the development of “caring wills” for older people. “We should start to think about how we want to be cared for when we get older by writing a ‘caring will’ well in advance,” said King’s Fund chief executive Rabbi Julia Neuberger. “Caring wills would help inform families, as well as health, housing and social services, about an older person’s choices and preferences. “This would mean that as much as possible is known when decisions about treatment, care and support are being made. “Such a scheme would help prevent older people being placed in care homes against their will, and would ensure they receive the most appropriate treatment in times of crisis. It would offer the independence and rights so often denied them.” The King’s Fund said its research showed that both users of services and their carers wanted to be in control of their lives, and that they valued

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