Friday, March 1, 2024

Victor Harbor launches future care service

City of Victor Harbor Council has launched a new community service to help equip local people with the information needed to complete their own Advance Care Directive.

An Advance Care Directive empowers someone to make clear legal arrangements for their future health care, end of life, preferred living arrangements and other personal matters.

Mayor, Dr Moira Jenkins said there is no such thing as being overprepared when it comes to planning for the future.

“There may be a time in your life when you can’t make your own decisions. An Advance Care Directive makes it easy for others to know what your wishes are if you are unable to make these decisions yourself,” said Mayor Jenkins.

“This volunteer service can help you understand Advance Care Directives and get some tips on how to make your own.

“If you haven’t heard of an Advance Care Directive before, now is the time to learn!

“It can also give you peace of mind to know that your wishes are known and will be respected, if others need to make decisions for you.”

Community members can make a free appointment at the City of Victor Harbor, Yankalilla Library or Alexandrina Council to get their Advance Care Directive underway.

The free one-on-one appointments are provided by a Trained Peer Support Officer and offer information on how to navigate the Advance Care Directive Form.

“Congratulations to the teams at Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Alexandrina councils for getting this service up and running across the Fleurieu Peninsula. Furthermore, well done to the passionate volunteers who are delivering the one-on-one appointments,” said Mayor Jenkins.

This service is coordinated by the City of Victor Harbor, District Council of Yankalilla and Alexandrina Council. The initiative is being supported by Office for Ageing Well and Health Services Programs, SA Health.

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