Some pretty exciting new here at PFTNS! We will be running three workshops courtesy of Technology for Ageing and Disability WA (TADWA).
Last week, we won a grant from Bayswater and Noranda Branches of Bendigo Bank to provide three workshops to older people in the City of Bayswater free of charge!
More details about dates to come, but if you are an organisation or community group in the City of Bayswater who is interested in sending some people along to a Planning for the Next Season workshop early in the new year, or would like more details, please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a few photos from the Care and Ageing Expo. Always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with colleagues like Mark Teale, CEO of COTA and Verity James, the MC for the Expo…and above all else, being able to speak with people about how to think and plan to stay well at home now and into the future!
At Planning for the Next Season we are always working to bring you new ideas, tools and thinking. Soon, we’ll have a brand new resource available- the Planning for the Next Season facilitator’s guide! How soon? The guide is just about ready to go to print.
With the facilitator’s guide and participant workbooks, this means that organisations and groups, both formal and informal, will be able to run Planning for the Next Season workshops anywhere in the world!
Are we excited? You’d better believe it.
For more information before the launch, just send us an email. We’d love to catch up.
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.