Planning in advance
Oak Tree Goodna residents were recently educated about Advance Care Planning at a free information session in the Village.
In the seminar residents were told that age, illness or accident may at some time make it hard to make decisions about their own health care. Advance care planning means thinking and making choices to guide your future health care.
If you have strong beliefs about what you want to happen in the future, it is particularly important to make your plans and your wishes known. Even if you are fit and healthy, it is never too early to plan your future health care.
Planning ahead can mean
- discussing your health care and quality of life choices with those closest to you and those you trust;
- writing down your choices in a Statement of Choices;
- choosing and appointing your Enduring Power of Attorney,
- and/or completing your Advance Health Directive so as to ensure the treatment and care you receive in the future is in line with your wishes and your loved ones won’t have to make difficult decisions on your behalf without knowing what you would have wanted.
This reality check was a great reminder for residents to set things in place. Once done - it's time to get back to enjoying life.