Dr Clare Morgan: Care at the end of life

29/Jan/2018     Health

Sometimes it can be difficult for people to think about and talk about the end of life – despite it being something we are all going to face.  

One of the ways to ensure that the care you receive at the end of life is in accordance with your wishes and values, is to discuss and document your preferences. Advance care planning can guide health professionals and your family if there are difficult decisions to make about your treatment when you are unable to speak for yourself.

Documents such as the Advance Health DirectiveEnduring Power of Attorney and the Statement of Choicescan all be used to record your wishes about your future healthcare. Advance Health Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney are legal documents, while the Statement of Choices form is completed with your health care team.

The “Statement of Choices” lets you write down what you value most, the types of health outcomes you would find unacceptable and what would be most important to you as you approach the end of your life.  This can provide comfort to both you and your loved ones knowing that your wishes will be heard and respected.

You can choose which form/s you would like to complete. You can give copies of the documents to those you trust (e.g. family members, close friends), your GP and your local hospital.

Advance care planning is entirely voluntary. You can change your mind and your plans (and legal documents) at any time while you have capacity.

It is never too early to plan. Start the conversation today.

For more info visit:

www.mycaremychoices.com.au to download a copy of the Statement of Choices form
www.dyingtotalk.org.au  resources to help start discussions about your values and wishes
advancecareplanning.org.au  information about what is advance care planning and how to start

Mater Group Chief Medical Officer, Dr Clare Morgan

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