Advance Care Planning Australia is urging aged care providers to include advance care planning in their preparations for COVID-19. It’s a good time to help people talk about, plan for and document wishes about their future health care. This is important in case they are unable to communicate those decisions in the future.
Aged care providers have obligations under the Aged Care Quality Standards. Standard 2, Requirement (3)(b) specifies that assessment and planning identifies and addresses the consumer’s current needs, goals and preferences, including advance care planning and end of life planning if the consumer wishes.
ACPA recommends aged care providers ensure that:
- Aged care recipients are encouraged to think about and discuss their future health care preferences with loves ones and health care staff.
- Aged care recipients have a clearly identified substitute decision-maker.
- Existing advance care directive documents are available and transferable between care providers.
For further information and resources visit www.advancecareplanning.org.au or call 1300 208 582.