Your voice, your future
Most people would like to have a say in decisions about their future.
You might have already put things in place to make your wishes clear for the future. You might have made a will. You might have appointed someone to manage your finances. And you might have appointed someone to make decisions on your behalf if you ever lose the ability to make your own decisions. You might have talked to your family about advance care planning and the sort of treatment you might want if you are not able to decide for yourself in the future.
If you haven’t yet, then it is important to talk to the people closest to you so they know what you want. They can’t know if you don’t tell them.
A social worker can point you in the right direction about things like appointing someone to make decisions on your behalf and doing an advance care plan. Dementia advisors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and other health professionals can too.
(NSW and Qld)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker
National Dementia Helpline
1800 100 500
The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government funded initiative.