Whether or not there is a diagnosis of dementia, there are certain key documents that it is strongly advisable to have in place.
Enduring Power of Attorney
When you give someone power of attorney, you give them the legal right to act on your behalf in relation to one or more aspects of your life e.g. your finances, property, or healthcare. The ideal attorney is someone you really trust, someone who will keep your best interests at heart and who cannot benefit financially from the decisions they may have to make.
For more information, please visit Enduring Power of Attorney.
Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them. It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care. This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what the person would want - particularly if they can no longer speak for themselves.
For more information, please visit Advance Care Planning.
To ensure things happen the way you want them to happen after you die, you prepare a Will. In a Will you include things like how you would like your funeral to be carried out, how your dependent children will be provided for and what happens to your property and other high-value possessions.
Living well with Dementia
It is important to realise that a dementia diagnosis is not the end. Planning for good quality of life is just as important as putting your legal affairs in order.
For more information, please visit Living well with Dementia.