PLANNING AHEAD

PLANNING AHEAD

Caring for yourself can include planning for the future.

PLANNING AHEAD

Caring for yourself can include planning for the future.  This can assist in making things more manageable for you as a carer.

  • Starting to use in-home services can be a way to reduce resistance that may arise as dementia progresses.
  • Writing out an Emergency Care Plan can be a useful resource for family or service staff in a time of emergency. The material for this plan can be requested as part of the Emergency care kit from the Carer Gateway.
  • Completing appropriate legal forms (Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive, formerly known as Enduring Power of Guardianship) enables you to legally make decisions on behalf of another person. Not doing these early while the person you care for has the mental capacity, may mean asking the South Australian Civil and Administrative Board (SACAT – formerly Guardianship Board) later on to give you the Powers, which is a more complex process for you.
  • Alzheimer’s Australia has a useful 9-page guide called the Start 2 Talk Planning Guide