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Facilitators guide

If you are working with people who have been diagnosed with dementia, their carers, loved ones and/or those appointed with power of attorney our videos provide a simple way to:

  • Explain the need to plan ahead
  • Offer suggestions on how to have difficult conversations about the future
  • Think about and clearly capture their wishes and hopes
  • Understand when they may need to appoint a power of attorney
  • Explain the kind of decisions others can and can’t make on their behalf and what to do if they don’t like the decisions being made
  • Highlight other considerations for if and when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves

There are five short videos, each covering one topic. The videos include examples of real-life situations, as well as clear advice from Seniors Rights Victoria’s legal team.

There is also one longer video, Planning Your Future, covering all topics.

Feel free to share links to the videos, or if you would like to facilitate a discussion with the people you work with, you can use our discussion guides and handouts. These will help you ensure they understand the videos and the information contained in them.

We recommend showing each shorter video, followed by a discussion, before moving on to the next. We have included a discussion guide for each video, as well as a PDF document with the key points in the video, that you can offer as a handout.

1. Planning your future

This video offers a guide about why it’s important to plan, how to talk to those you trust, what decisions they may need to make for you, and what you can do if you decide you are not happy with the decisions they make.
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2. Why plan for the future?

This video explains the importance of planning ahead, to give you and those close to you peace of mind about the future.
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3. Having conversations about the future

This video will help you find ways to have this difficult conversation and keep a clear record of what you want.
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4. Capacity to make decisions

This video explains what it means to have the capacity to make decisions and how the law can ensure you get to make decisions for yourself whenever you have the capacity.
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5. What decisions can my appointed attorney make?

This video explains what sort of decisions your appointed attorney can make. It also explains what to do if you are unhappy with the decisions they are making.
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6. Obligations of an attorney

This video outlines some of the key things you need to know and discuss with the person asking you to be their attorney.
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