Planning for the future
It's never too early to plan ahead so you're ready when life takes new or unexpected turns.
When life changes
If you care for someone, you may worry about what will happen to your child after you’re gone, or wonder about the best care for your parent if their condition gets worse.
The day-to-day needs of both you and the person you care for may change with time. It's good to prepare for what might happen.
As a carer, it’s important to have a plan in case you unexpectedly need time off from caring or changes to your own life mean who can’t continue in your caring role. Register with Carer Support to make sure you have services ready.
Getting their affairs in order
From a legal point of view there are some affairs to get in order so you're ready when the time comes for changes.
- An Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to plan for what decisions you want to be made about your financial and legal affairs, and appoints someone to manage those decisions if you are not able to. Read more about Enduring Power of Attorney
- An Advance Care Directive lets you plan ahead for decisions about your health care, accommodation and lifestyle care, and to appoint a person to implement those decisions if you are unable to. Read more about Advance Care Directives
- A Will lets you clearly state what you want to happen to your property, possessions and money in the event of your death. Read more about making a Will
- Registering as an Organ and Tissue Donor could help enhance the lives of ten people. It is important to register through DonateLife to ensure your decision is followed. Read more about Organ Donation.
- Discuss the pros and cons of different options with the person you care for since knowing their preferences may make it easier for you to make decisions when needed.
For free legal information and advice, you can contact the Legal Services Commission. Telephone: 1300 366 424.
Coping with change and loss
If the level of care they need increases with time, it may be better for the person you care for to move into residential care.
As a carer who's focused so much on the wellbeing of someone else, for a long time, there can be a real feeling of loss when this happens. Obviously, you'll feel the same when the person you care for reaches the end of their natural life.
Read our booklet packed with advice and suggestions for getting through these difficult times. It's written by past carers who share their experiences.