What every older person should consider
Every older person should have an Advance Care Plan

Advance care planning helps you think about, and take control, of your future healthcare.
 
It also ensures your ability to make your wishes known to those around you, making it easier for them to decide what treatment and care to provide for you if you are not able to make these decisions for yourself at any point in the future.
 
By developing an Advance Care Plan, you, your loved ones, your healthcare professionals, and other key people in your life will reach a shared understanding of what is important to you, and what treatment and care you would like in the future.
 
It is always important to discuss advance care planning with those around you while you’re able to. Planning will help you, and those around you, share your thoughts and discuss your preferences for end-of-life healthcare and treatment, based on:

  • your personal views and values
  • a better understanding of your current and likely future needs
  • the treatment and care options available to you.
Based on these discussions, you can then set out what you want in your Advance Care Plan.
 
Once you have your Advance Care Plan (ACP) drawn up, it’s important to keep it up-to-date, and to amend it as necessary if your situation changes.
 
For more information on how to develop your Advance Care Plan visit www.advancecareplanning.org.nz.
Or view the documents:
 
Everyone should have Enduring Power of Attorney (EPoW)

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document in which you appoint who you would like to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to.
 
We recommend you appoint an appropriate person as your Enduring Power of Attorney, so you can have peace-of-mind in the knowledge that a person you trust will be making important decisions on your behalf.
You can find detailed information about how Enduring Power of Attorney can keep you protected by visiting the Office for Senior Citizens’ website.

Alternatively, you can contact the organisation as follows:

The Office for Senior Citizens
Ministry of Social Development, PO Box 1556, Wellington
Phone: +64 (4) 916 3758    |    Fax: 64 4 916 3778    |    Email: osc@msd.govt.nz
 

More information is also available from the Age Concern and Public Trust websites.