We should all think about planning ahead for future ill-health and this is particularly important for people living with dementia. Areas to consider when future planning include:

  • Your legal rights and decision-making with regard to your finances.
  • Your legal rights and decision-making with regard to your health care and personal matters.
  • Your legal rights and responsibilities in relation to other matters including employment, superannuation, your will, voting, driving and travel.

It is important in the early stage of a diagnosis with dementia to think about planning ahead. Discussing wishes with family members or close friends can help them to ensure the person living with dementia is cared for in the way they have chosen. It is important to make sure that documents such as insurance policies, mortgage and financial papers are in order.

Nightingale Nurses are happy to provide resources to help families arrange these matters and provide peace of mind.