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In the lead up to the LASA Care and Ageing Expo in Perth, 29th and 30th July at the convention centre, Melissa from Planning for the Next Season will have the opportunity to speak to Tim Gossage on radio station 6iX Perth.  You can find 6iX on 1080 AM and 105.7 FM.  Melissa’s conversation with Tim will be at 7:40 am on 26th July. Tune in if you want to hear more about the expo and Planning for the Next Season!

 

New at Planning for the Next Season

Planning for the Next Season is pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with CommunityWest to deliver the very best in early planning materials, consultancy and workshop experience! CommunityWest reimagines community services so that people who are frail or who have an ongoing disability can live independently for as long as possible. They do this by providing consulting, learning and audit services to community sector organisations. The values of CommunityWest and Planning for the Next Season are aligned and we are happy to be working together in the early planning and intervention space.

The Planning For the Next Season facilitator guides are shortly hot off the press and, as always, the Planning for the Next Season workbooks are available anytime.

Many options for Plannnig for the Next Season are available to providers and consumer services alike. For example, we are offering a Planning for the Next Season providers package which will give you the facilitator’s guide, twenty workbooks and two hours of consultancy time. That package will give providers everything they need in order to run Planning for the Next Season workshops on their own.

Other packages are available including consultancy only or workshop materials only. Head over to the CommunityWest website here to learn more.

Looking forward to learning together and supporting people to forge their own path they age well at home.

 

 

New at Planning for the Next Season

Planning for the Next Season is now offering workshops for groups of elders and/or groups of adult children (10-20 participants) interested in working through the Planning for the Next Season roadmap together.

The opportunity to work together in a group, developing a road map, gives everyone the chance to share their knowledge and wisdom around what works and what doesn’t when planning to stay well at home now and into the future.

Planning for the Next Season workshops are also perfect for people who are considering accessing home care packages and want to reflect on what they are truly looking to get out of their package.

Having a workshop is a great way of sharing experience whilst gaining new knowledge and tools in a peer setting.

We are now taking bookings for workshops, so ring us today on 0400 248 655 to book a time that suits.

Courageous Conversations

Planning for the Next Season has been working with Panorama Health Network (North Metropolitan Medicare Local) and Kim Greeve (Department of Health) to raise awareness about advance care planning.  We have spoken with home care providers, GP’s and practice professionals and people in the community who are interested in knowing more about advance care planning and having courageous conversations with people close to us about future wishes.

We say that these conversations are courageous because thinking about a future where we, or our parents, are not able to direct care, can be uncomfortable.

Here are some tips for starting that sort of conversation about future wishes:

  • Think about who is closest to you in your life.  This person, or people are the ones with whom you will have the conversation about what you want and what you don’t.
  • Think it through. Before you have this conversation, give yourself time to think about and come to terms with your own ideas.
  • If you have a partner, talk to each other first before involving other people closest to you.
  • Think about the challenges you might face in having this sort of conversation and then think about some possible strategies you might use to overcome those challenges.  For example, if you’d like to have this conversation with family and the family lives in different states or countries, can you use Skype or FaceTime in order to start the conversation?

Every person and every family is unique.  What may work for you may not work for another family.  Even individual family members may have a conflicting perspective on what should happen when someone can no longer direct their own care.

Additional workshops for people in the community (Perth North Metropolitan area) will be advertised in your local community newspaper.  Additionally, you can contact Planning for the Next Season for more details. 

It’s worth looking into Advance Care Planning, Advance Health Directives and Enduring Guardianship.  It’s never too early to have the conversation.