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Planning ahead

Planning ahead with people who have younger onset dementia is important. At some point, they will no longer be able to make informed decisions – and that’s where a trusted carer can step in to help.

How to help people with dementia plan ahead

As a carer of someone with dementia, we encourage you to discuss and formalise their wishes. Topics may cover finances, accommodation, legal matters and medical needs. Actions may include documenting a will, appointing a financial power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, and a substitute decision maker to cover lifestyle and medical issues.

Planning ahead ensures the person’s wishes are known to you. It means you can carry out these wishes and make decisions for them when they are no longer able to.

Appointing a substitute decision maker

Watch the following video: ‘Substitute decision maker’ to hear from the experience of others who have acted on someone’s behalf or read the video transcript.