Living well in the community

Planning for my future

living well

Age related physical and psychological changes can alter a persons ability to carry out their normal daily activities. People living with cognitive decline are exposed to additional challenges and therefore are at an increased risk of negative impacts on their quality of life and independence. Decisions therefore need to be made to reduce this risk while still maintaining the best quality of life and level of independence possible.

This project, led by Professor Dimity Pond at The University of Newcastle, has designed a multi-faceted risk assessment tool for people living with cognitive and related functional decline in the community.

These two booklets have been developed to assist older people, particularly people with changes to their cognition, to reflect and identify aspects of their everyday functioning that are difficult or troublesome.

The booklets have been designed with six key community care and disease management principles:

  1. Person centred care
  2. Consumer directed care
  3. Supported decision making
  4. Wellness/Healthy ageing
  5. Risk enablement
  6. Enablement/Independence

Booklet 1

This booklet is a patient self-assesment tool to help improve or maintain their current level of independence, particularly for those people with concerns over changes in cognition.

Read our Planning for my future, Booklet 1 to find out more.

Booklet 2

This booklet is designed for the health care professional in consultation with the patient, carer and/or family member, together with Booklet 1.

Strategies can then be determined to address any areas where improvements or changes can be made that were identified in the booklets.

Read our Planning for my future, Booklet 2 to find out more.

Research Report

Read the research report Living with dementia in the community: Planning for my future to find out more.