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Advance Health Care Planning
Making decisions about your future health care and medical wishes is known as advance care planning. It formalises your wishes concerning the health care you would like to receive and assists those around you to make decisions in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.
Creating an advance care plan has the following benefits:
- Future end of life care and medical decisions will better reflect your wishes.
- It will help you raise sensitive issues about future care with your loved ones.
- People making decisions on your behalf will be clear about your wishes.
- It will reduce stress and the likelihood of confusion and conflict at a difficult time.
Anyone, regardless of their age or state of health, should consider doing advance care planning. But, it is particularly important for people who have an ongoing medical problem.
How to create your Advance Care Plan. It’s easy!
eziFunerals Advance Care Planning service provides you with an easy, simple and convenient way to plan your end of life health care, from the comfort of your own home. Simply follow these steps:
1. Register as a new Funeral Consumer, or simply login to your account.
2. Select the Create An Advance Care Plan menu option and follow the steps provided. Each section will help you start a conversation with your loved ones about your healthcare and treatment should you find yourself in a position where you are seriously ill or injured and not able to make decisions. You’re able to stop and resume the planning form at your leisure.
A. “Details of Person Making Advance Health Care Plan” allows you to record:
- your personal details
- appoint person/s to be your Health Care Guardian and to make decisions on your behalf.
- list of responsible persons who you have shared and have a copy of your plan.
B. “My Personal Values About Dying” allows you to record:
- a statement of your values and beliefs about dying and your health care and medical wishes in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.
- how you would like your pain and comfort managed
- what treatments you would like given or not given.
- how you would like to be cared for at the end of your life.
C. “Directions About Medical Care” allows you to record:
- specific directions about your health care and medical treatment including cardio pulmonary resuscitation and other medical treatments.
D. “Specific Requests About Organ And Tissue Donation” allows you to record:
- specific requests about organ and tissue donation following your death.
- specific requests about ante-mortem treatment for organ donation (immediately before your death).
E. “Authorisation” allows you to record:
- confirmation of your Advance Health Care Plan wishes.
- details of witness and treating health professional.
3. Once your plan is complete you can download it as a PDF as an important record of your wishes.
When can your Advance Health Care Plan be used?
It is only used if you are unable to make or communicate your own end of life health care and medical decisions. It would then guide the decision making of your doctor, your Guardian and your family.
Who should you choose to be your Health Care Guardian?
The person you choose should be someone you trust, who will listen carefully to your beliefs, values, goals and wishes for future medical care, and will faithfully represent you. Your Health Care Guardian is expected to act in your best interests, making the same decisions they believe you would have made for yourself.
Is your Advance Health Care Plan a legal document?
No. An Advance Health Care Plan is not a legal document and will not necessarily be followed. You don’t have to sign an advanced health care plan, but your signature makes it clear that it is your wishes that have been written down.
If you require your end of life care and medical treatment to be followed as a legal document, then you should complete an Advance Health Directive and/or appoint an Enduring Power of Guardianship. Please contact your hospital/health care agency in your state or speak to your Doctor for more information about an Advance Health Directive.
Start the conversation with your family?
Talk to your family, your doctors and to those most likely to be involved in making decisions if you are very ill. In many hospitals there are people who can help you to discuss these issues with your family and doctor.
Note: You have the final say in who sees it. Keep it somewhere safe, and tell people where it is in case they need to find it in the future. You can keep a copy in your medical notes. We’ll store a copy in your eziFunerals account and you can even upload a copy in your My Health Record.
Add your Advance Health Care Plan to ‘My Health Record’
Did you know you can upload an eziFunerals Advance Care Plan to your My Health Record? This will help make your treating doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers aware that you have specific wishes about your future medical treatments or care given to you. If you do not have a My Health Record, find out how to register here.
What happens if you don’t have an Advance Health Care Plan?
If you become unwell and cannot communicate for yourself, doctors will treat you with any treatment that they believe is likely to be of benefit to you. For some people, this means that they would receive treatment that they would not want. If you feel strongly about certain types of treatments that you would not want to receive, then an eziFunerals Advance Health Care Plan is a good way to communicate those wishes.
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PRE-PLAN YOUR FUNERAL WISHES
Death is a subject that most of us don’t want to talk about and yet it is inevitable for all of us. We tend to avoid the topic as much as possible but talking about it with family and friends or taking the time to plan your funeral ahead could save us all from a lot of trouble. Although there is increased awareness for advance care plans, funeral planning is often ignored, and can lead to unnecessary grief for family members who need to make all the arrangements, after our death.
Why should you should pre-plan your funeral in advance?
Planning your funeral in advance can reduce the stress your family and friends face at a time of intense grief. By specifying your wishes, you will get the sort of funeral that you would wish to have. It also means that your loved ones will not have to face making decisions at a difficult time.
Once your funeral wishes have been discussed and set down, you can rest assured that your family will be empowered to make informed decisions about all your funeral-related issues and will be able to put your wishes into action. Your funeral wishes can also be used by your family to compare prices and obtain quotes from funeral companies in your area before they sign any funeral contract.
NOTE: You should review your advanced funeral plan regularly so that your wishes and personal details are always up to date.
Pre-Planning your funeral wishes is easy!
1. Register as a new Funeral Consumer, or simply login to your account.
2. Select the Plan A Funeral menu option and follow the steps provided in each section.
- “Details of Person Making Arrangements” allows you to record details your family will need for official records.
- “Details of Committal” allows you to record how you would like to be put to rest.
- “Details of the Funeral” allows you to record your wishes regarding your funeral.
3. Save or submit your personalised funeral for a no obligation and itemised quote from funeral directors.
Once your funeral plan is created, you can store it online, share it with your family, download it, and use it to compare funeral prices from multiple funeral homes in your area before selecting a funeral director that’s right for you and your family.
Appoint a Funeral Guardian
Funeral Guardians are people you designate to be notified upon your death and execute your advance funeral planning wishes. Whereas a will sets out how you want your property and possessions to be divided after your death, eziFunerals innovative funeral planning platform links your personal funeral plan with your nominated Funeral Guardian.
Record your life story
As you travel along the life course, you experience many different stages and events. Your life may be long and fulfilling or it may be tragically cut short – but you have lived a life that should be remembered and celebrated by your family and friends who are left behind. By recording details (important dates, relationships, homes), anecdotes, even pictures from your life story, you can ensure that your family and friends will have a deeper understanding of you and the life you lived and how you would like to be remembered.
Record important information and manage your affairs
As part of planning for your funeral wishes in advance, it’s important to make a list of your important contacts and information. These contacts and information will be of great help to your family when sorting and managing your affairs in an orderly manner. (A detailed list of information that you need to record is available in eziFunerals eBook “What Kind of Funeral: a simple step by step guide to planning a meaningful funeral”).
Consider Organ Donation
Donating your organs after your death is a very personal decision but you should discuss it with your family and friends so they are aware of your wishes. You can then register on an Australian organ donor registry.
Is outlining your funeral wishes in your Will good enough?
Although people often include a paragraph about their funeral in their will, it may not be a good place to specify how you would like your funeral to be conducted. Another problem of specifying your funeral in a will is that too often, it is not reviewed until after the funeral service takes place, resulting in the deceased’s funeral wishes never being taken into account.
Prepay your funeral
You can pay for your funeral ahead of time and have peace of mind knowing that the money needed for your funeral has been set aside and that your family will not have to worry about how to pay the bill. Here are the number of options you can choose to prepay your funeral:
- Term Deposit or Online Savings Account
- Prepaid Funerals Plans through Funeral Homes
- Funeral Bonds
- Funeral Insurance.
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