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Getting your affairs in order

At Catholic Homes, we believe that all residents have the right to make decisions affecting their own lives. We respect the choices and decisions you make about your care.

If you have special preferences regarding your health and treatment during serious illness, it’s important to inform in advance those who look after you or your affairs.

Putting in place some of the following options will ensure you will still receive your preferred treatment even if you are no longer able to take part in the decisions regarding your health.

Aged care nominee

You may wish to appoint someone as your aged care nominee to deal with the Department of Human Services on your behalf. The nominee may receive information from the government about your care costs and can provide information about your income and assets.

Enduring Power of Guardianship

An Enduring Power of Guardianship comes into operation only if the appointer loses the capacity to make reasoned decisions for themselves and enables a competent adult to make personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on their behalf.    

Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney enables another person to make legal, property and financial decisions on their behalf.

Advanced health directive

An advanced health directive is a legal document where you set out your decisions about your medical, surgical or dental treatment and other health care, including palliative care and life-sustaining measures. It will only be used when you become unable to make a treatment decision for yourself.