Dis­cuss end-of-life wishes

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE theme for this year’s Na­tional Pal­lia­tive Care Week from May 20 to 26 is ‘What mat­ters most?’.

The theme ad­dresses the need for Aus­tralians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and dis­cuss it with their loved ones and health pro­fes­sion­als.

By hav­ing the con­ver­sa­tion with their loved ones and health pro­fes­sion­als, peo­ple can en­sure their treat­ment and care best aligns with their val­ues and pref­er­ences re­gard­ing both the type and place of care, and place of death.

North­east Health Wan­garatta Pal­lia­tive Care en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to dis­cuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones and health care team us­ing the ‘Dy­ing to Talk’ Re­sources.

Know­ing what is im­por­tant to you will re­duce their bur­den at a dif­fi­cult time and en­sure you get the care you de­sire.

North­east Health Wan­garatta Pal­lia­tive Care will have a dis­play in the foyer of the Com­mu­nity Care Cen­tre on Clark Street with some in­for­ma­tion and re­sources avail­able for any­one in­ter­ested in plan­ning ahead.

Be­low are some links for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to down­load the forms for:

En­dur­ing Power of At­tor­ney, Med­i­cal Treat­ment De­ci­sion Maker and Ad­vance Care Di­rec­tive - http://www. pub­li­cad­vo­cate.vic.gov.au/our-ser­vices/ pub­li­ca­tions-forms/take-con­trol­march-2018.

Dis­cus­sion starter for Work­ing Out What’s Right For You -

http://dy­ing­totalk.org.au/dis­cus­sion­starter-on­line/.

This on­line ver­sion of the Dy­ing To Talk cards can be used to help you talk about your wishes and pref­er­ences for your care at the end of life:

http://www.dy­ing­totalk.org.au/cardgame/.

Dy­ing is a nor­mal part of life so it is im­por­tant for all Aus­tralians to have dis­cus­sions about death and dy­ing and the type of care they would want to re­ceive if they could no longer speak for them­selves.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit http:// pal­lia­tive­care.org.au/na­tional-pal­lia­tive­care-week/ or con­tact the North­east Health Wan­garatta Pal­lia­tive Care team on 5722 5047.

TIME TO TALK: Brooke Eber­bach (act­ing deputy di­rec­tor com­mu­nity nurs­ing), Denise Ritchens (fam­ily care co­or­di­na­tor pal­lia­tive care) and Jackie Creek (clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care) en­cour­age lo­cals to drop into the Com­mu­nity Care Cen­tre on Clark Street next week to dis­cuss end-of-life care.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

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