When approaching later life, it can be difficult to think of what would happen if you or your partner became ill or required care. However, there are things you can put in place if this happens and it’s a good idea to discuss them in advance so you can both be assured that things are taken care of.
Here is an overview of a few things you may wish to look into:
Powers of Attorney
If you want a partner or friends to act on your behalf, the best way to ensure this happens is to make a Lasting Powers of Attorney. See our information guide or our Powers of attorney (PDF 796 KB) guide for more information.
Advance decisions and advance statements
The concept of next of kin has quite limited meaning when it comes to healthcare, as only the patient is able to consent to treatment. You can, however, make an advance decision or an advance statement to ensure that your wishes about treatment and general wishes are known. For a transgender person, an advance statement could detail what clothes you want to wear in case you become unable to communicate this yourself. See our Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (PDF 340 KB) information guide or the Transgender in later life (PDF 497 KB) factsheet for further details.
You may be concerned about how care services will treat you as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, or as a couple. However, you are protected by the law against discrimination. Our information guide has more information.