Many agree on the factors contributing to a good death. People want to be treated with dignity, have relief from pain and, as much as possible, to control what happens to them.
Advance care planning is one way to exercise control. The process involves discussing and expressing preferences about the kind of care you would or would not want in a situation where you lack the mental capacity to make decisions.
As part of this process, you can write an advance care directive – a document that can be legally binding. It states your views and instructions about health care and other personal matters.
You can also appoint someone you trust to be you health care decision-maker. Despite its usefulness, only a small number of Australians (around 14%) currently have an advance care directive.
To learn more about an advance care directive, visit: http://theconversation.com/take-control-over-the-e...