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Dementia Australia in support of National Palliative Care Week is today reminding Australians of the importance of discussing your future health care decisions with family and friends to ensure your palliative care and end-of-life wishes are honoured.
In line with this year’s theme “What matters most?” Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe is encouraging Australians to reflect on what is most important for you, if you became seriously ill, and could no longer speak for yourself.
“Early access to palliative care assists people with a terminal condition, including dementia, live well, and ensures their nominated carers, family and friends have the confidence to fulfil their physical, emotional and spiritual care needs when they no longer have capacity to make their own decisions,” Ms McCabe said.
“Just as the need for dementia care is increasing, so too is the need for palliative care. Professionals and volunteers are needed in our community to support individuals and carers manage dying, death and bereavement.
Ms McCabe said it is important for all Australians to have discussions about death and dying and the type of care you would want to receive if you could no longer speak for yourself.
“By having these conversations with loved ones and health professionals, we can ensure treatment and care best aligns with our values and preferences regarding the type and place of care and death,” she said.
“We encourage people to discuss your end-of-life wishes with loved ones and the health care team. Knowing what is important to you will help your loved ones through a difficult time and ensure you receive the care you desire.”
For more information on National Palliative Care Week visit http://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week/
If you would prefer to speak with someone, the National Dementia Helpline is available on 1800 100 500, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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