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Financial, health & lifestyle planning

Carers may have to make legal, financial, medical or lifestyle decisions on behalf of the person they care for.  Planning in advance can make difficult choices easier for the caring family.

Planning for the future will enable caring families to make decisions on how and who will make personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on behalf of the individual requiring care, if they become unable to do so for themselves.

Forward planning and decision making can minimise conflict and confusion within the caring family and ensure decisions are made in the best interest of the care recipient.

What planning options are available?

In Western Australia there are three legal tools which may assist caring families to plan how decisions are made on behalf of the care recipient in the future.  

These legal tools are an:

  • Enduring Power of Attorney: enables you to appoint someone to make financial and property decisions
  • Enduring Power of Guardianship: enables you to appoint someone to make personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions
  • Advance Health Directive: enables you to write down your decisions about the specific treatment and health care you would want in certain medical circumstances.

For more information

Contact the Office of the Public Advocate (www.publicadvocate.wa.gov.au/) and the Health Department of WA (www.health.wa.gov.au) or download the information kits and fact sheets

www.publicadvocate.wa.gov.au/E/enduring_power_of_attorney.aspx

www.publicadvocate.wa.gov.au/E/enduring_power_of_guardianship.aspx

www.health.wa.gov.au/advancehealthdirective/home/