Legal planning resources
Decision making in advance: Reducing barriers and improving access to advance directives for people with dementia
This paper addresses the issues associated with decision making in advance of loss of competence for people with dementia, including the barriers that may inhibit the process. A number of recommendations are suggested to improve the process of decision making in advance for people with dementia and their family carers. These will require additional resources and action by a range of agencies including Dementia Australia.
Legal planning and dementia
If you have been diagnosed with dementia you may be wondering what sort of legal issues you may face. This information paper outlines some of the legal issues that may arise and explains some basic legal concepts that may be helpful for you to understand. The paper also highlights some of the ways in which you can plan ahead.
Planning for End of Life publication series
Professor Colleen Cartwright developed a publication and a seminar series for Dementia Australia to provide a guide to people with dementia and their families and carers about the legal options that people have available to them to plan their end of life care.
The publications and seminars are now available online and are relevant for people with dementia, family carers and other family members, community care and residential care providers; and other health care professionals.
The papers are available below:
Planning for End of Life for People with Dementia - Part 1
Part 1 discusses issues including palliative care, refusal of treatment, pain control, resuscitation, residential care, advance financial planning and enduring power of attorney.
Planning for End of Life for People with Dementia - Part 2
Part 2 looks at the issue of euthanasia and explores the arguments on both sides of the debate, including particular issues relevant to people with dementia.
If you have difficulty downloading any of these documents or if you require multiple copies contact us by email or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Please note that the information provided on this page is only a general overview of your legal planning options.