One of the biggest concerns as we get older is losing our independence, and with that comes the fear of becoming a burden to others.
However, if you and your loved ones take some time to think ahead and talk about your plans, you can take control of your situation now and make sure you remain independent as long as possible. Here are some things to consider before you hit crisis mode.
Even if you are managing well now, give some thought to what might happen if you run into trouble.
You can formalise your instructions for medical treatment in an Advance Health Directive (AHD), sometimes called a ‘living will’ with your doctor.
It’s also a good time to think about appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney and updating your actual will. The important thing is that everyone has a clear idea of what to do ahead of time.
Consider your current health and living circumstances.
When a crisis hits, it’s hard to know where to start. You can make the decisions easier by familiarising yourself with the many home care services available – there is a vast array, from help with the cleaning to meal preparation; transport to appointments or social outings; all the way up to medical care in the home, as well as respite care.
Just knowing what’s out there will set your mind at rest and make it easier to reach out for support should you or your loved one need it. Talk to your friends about services they might use and how they find their service providers.
You might also familiarise yourself with funding options through My Aged Care.