Resources & Links : Advanced Care Planning
Conversations About Death and Dying (PDF): Traditionally, in New Zealand, many families are reluctant to think and talk about death and dying and the type of treatment and care they may want at the end.
Advanced Care Planning (PDF): What it is, what it entails, and the decisions that need to be made before getting ill or incapacitated.
Good End of Life: A super simple site offering free worksheets to work on advanced care planning (or advanced directives).
Advanced Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney: An advance directive can be a good way to gain more control over the treatment and care you are given if you experience an episode of mental illness that leaves you unable to decide or communicate your preferences at the time.
Five Wishes Form: It's more than just a document. Five Wishes is a complete approach to discussing and documenting your care and comfort choices. It's about connecting families, communicating with healthcare providers, and showing your community what it means to care for one another.
My Directives: Emergencies can happen at any time, leaving you too injured or ill to communicate decisions about your medical treatment. MyDirectives helps you create your own digital advance care plan or upload any advance directive, advance care plan or portable medical order you already have. Share it and keep it updated!
Hospice: Many people think of hospice as just a building, when in fact it is a philosophy of care. The hospice philosophy places equal importance on the physical, spiritual, cultural, emotional and social well-being of a person living with a life limiting condition. Anyone with a terminal illness, not just cancer, can access hospice care and support. People with life limiting conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lung failure, motor neurone disease or dementia can benefit from palliative care. Whilst hospice care is primarily focused on the person who is dying, services are also for the family and whanau both before and after their loved one has died.