Advance Care Planning

Planning ahead, including advance care planning

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Planning ahead enables individuals to think about their future and make plans in preparation for a time when they may become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for themselves. For individuals with dementia, or other forms of cognitive decline, this may need to cover an extended period of time, and a wide variety of issues.

Advance care planning (ACP) increases compliance with individuals’ end of life preferences and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in individuals and carers. However, the adoption of ACP is yet to become widespread in Australian health and aged care settings.

This project was developed with consumer input to examine how ACP can be improved so that the preferences of people with dementia and other cognitive decline can be known and upheld.

Following initial research, resources were developed with consumer and industry input to support future planning and advance care planning for people with dementia.

Additional information on advance care planning and planning ahead can be found on the Dementia Australia webpage "Planning Ahead – Start2Talk"

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