Today is Conversations that Count Day:
Start a conversation that counts – 16 April is Conversations That Count Day, to raise awareness about advance care planning so that people start thinking, talking and planning for their future and end of life care.
It might not be easy to start a conversation about the end of your life, but it is important. You can live out the end of your life just the way you would want.
This starts with talking about what you want with your partner, a mate, with the girls over lunch, at the kitchen table or with the whanau around the Barbie. . .
End of life care is something most of us don’t broach until we’re forced to and by then it can be too late.
The Advanced Care Planning website is a good starting place:
Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them. It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care.
This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what the person would want – particularly if they can no longer speak for themselves. . .
An advanced care plan won’t be set in concrete, it can be changed.
The earlier it’s done the more likely it is to alter but whenever it’s done, it will provide guidelines on what is important to people and what they want if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.