Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation at University College Cork is
delighted to announce a collaboration with Home Instead Senior Care. We met
with Michael Wright and his team to plan and carry out a research project. We
are linking Home Instead in this research project to examine how we can educate
Home Instead clients about the Let Me Decide Advance Care Directive. This
provides Home Instead clients an opportunity to discuss with their families,
family doctor and health care provider their health care wishes if they have
the capacity to make health and personal care decisions.
Home Instead’s mission is to enhance the lives
of older adults and their families. It is
this mission that I believe creates an environment for a perfect collaboration
with our work.
Instead are constantly trying to maximise the care they provide as evidenced by
the publication of their Senior Citizen Guidebook series that promotes planning
and decision making around important issues faced by older adults. It is clear
that Home Instead offer the highest quality care services to citizens across
after survey shows that older people want to put their affairs in order and
keep control over their health as long as possible. This ensures that their
families are free from burdensome bureaucracy or decision making, if they
suffer ill health and are not in a position to make decisions themselves.
the last 30 years, I have developed a simple, easy to understand program called
“Let Me Decide”thatassists
older adults discuss and plan with their families their wishes in the event
they become critically ill. Let Me Decide enables older adults to take control
and record their wishes regarding health and personal care for a future time,
in the event that they are unable to speak for themselves.
collaboration with Home Instead will allow this program to be available to all
Home Instead clients. This is a fantastic opportunity for Home Instead clients
to keep control over their health as long as possible and I am immensely proud
of our collaboration with such a highly regarded care provider.