Advance Directives training

24 Aug 2015

Advance Directives training will take place in the Lisburn Civic Centre on Tuesday 22 September 2015 9.30am-12.30 pm, followed by lunch.

This innovative course helps carers understand more about the ways to plan treatment preferences of their loved ones to address crisis / changes in mental capacity. It has been designed with key input from the Law Centre and includes information on the impact of the proposed changes in Mental Health Legislation.

Although dealing with a complex subject, the training provides clear and concise information on the advantages and disadvantages of Directives, their legal basis, the information they should contain and how to store, review and end them.

Three themes dominate in the feedback from the courses to date:

Firstly, carers found that examples discussed by the group helpful.  As one carer noted; “I found the personal experiences of others useful” and for another “everything was explained so well and time was allowed for useful conversations.

Secondly, carers indicated that it increased their awareness of this subject and made them realise it applied to more than end of life situations, but could have a direct impact on their caring role. A carer who attended one of the first sessions described it in the following way; “it made me aware of the importance of other areas of planning that need to be addressed to ensure a good future for my son.”

Finally, it was felt by some carers that they could make some practical changes to the way they care. One carer at the end of the course stated the following; “it has taught me to involve them more in decisions allowing me to become a stronger and more supportive carer.

To book a place on this, or any of our other courses, contact Ciara McElroy on 028 9065 0650

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