As we age it is important that we consider putting in place an Advance Care Directive.
Like a Will, Advance Care Directives allows you to inform others of you wishes when you are no longer able to tell people yourself.
An Advance Care Directive is a document that is prepared by you. This document provides guidance to those who care for you by giving them a clear understanding of your care needs and wishes, should you lose the ability to communicate them for yourself.
The new Advance Care Directive is an important step forward in planning for your health care. The Advance Care Directive replaces the existing Enduring Power of Guardianship. Advance Care Directive allows you to write down your wishes, preference and instructions for your future health care, end of life, living arrangements and other personal matters.
You may wish to appoint a Substitute Decision Maker/s who is a person or persons who can make decisions, regarding your health, or care on your behalf should you not be able to make those decisions for yourself. At this time, you may also wish to consider appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney. This is a person that you choose to act on your behalf in financial matters. This may mean buying and selling things for you or operating your bank account.
Giving a power of attorney does not mean you lose control over your affairs.
How can I get more information about Advance Care Directives?
Advanced Care Directives – South Australia website has a lot of information / forms / DIY kit.
Advanced Care Planning Australia website provide information as well as providing free support and advice to individuals on topics such as accessing relevant forms in your state or territory, how to document values and preferences, how to prepare as a substitute decision-maker, and how to start the conversations with loved ones.
Contact AgedCare Alternatives on 8408 4600.