The conversations of life

Have the conversation early: why you should set up an advanced care plan now


This week is National Advance Care Planning Week, a reminder to all Australians to have a conversation with their loved ones about what ‘living well’ means to them – and who they would want to speak for them if they weren’t able to speak for themselves.

Launched last year, the initiative encourages people, regardless of their age or health status, to make their future wishes known.

This can be done by creating an Advance Care Directive – a document that sets out your wishes around lifestyle, health and end-of-life decisions – and appointing a substitute decision maker (Power of Attorney).

You can read all about Enduring Power of Attorney in our previous article here.

And for more information about the aged care system and how to navigate it, you can visit our Aged Care page here and Discussion Forum on agedcare101 here.

National Advance Care Planning Week is 1-5 April 2019.

A practising aged care physiotherapist for the past 13 years, Jill has worked in more than 50 metropolitan and regional aged care homes. She has also toured care facilities across the US and Africa. She is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff that serve them.

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