Advance Care Planning sessions now available
What is – Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their life and health care. Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that encourages people to reflect on their current and future health goals, values and beliefs.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT is offering free one-on-one advice sessions to assist senior people in deciding how they would like to be cared for after becoming seriously ill or after a serious accident.
An advance care plan can empower and prepare individuals, their loved ones, carers and healthcare professionals for important healthcare decisions in the future. This approach reduces anxiety and improves outcomes for all involved.
How would you like to be cared for?
Patient choice facilitators help you to work out and ask questions around:
- what sort of medical treatment you want
- who you want to make decisions for you regarding medical treatment, and
- who your carer will be.
If your family, carers, medical professionals and hospital staff know what you want, they’ll be able to take your wishes into account – even if you can’t speak for yourself at the time.
The facilitator can talk with you about your options and help you document what’s important to you while developing your Plan. You can also specify on the Plan who can make medical decisions if you’re not able to and you can change your mind whenever you want.
All Advance Care Planning appointments will take place on the first Wednesday of each month between 1pm – 3pm.
To book your FREE confidential appointment phone the COTA ACT office on – 6282 3777.
The appointment will take place at Hughes Community Centre, 2 Wisdom Street Hughes.
For more information, visit the Advance Care Planning website.