Making a decision support arrangement

Planning for your decision support arrangement

If you would like to make a decision support arrangement, there are a number of things you can do to get ready. You can look at the types of decision support arrangements and the support they will provide to figure out which one would work best for you.

You can talk to your loved ones about who could act as a suitable decision supporter for the arrangement.

You can talk to people you know and trust, like your family and friends, about the types of decisions that you would like to include in an arrangement. It can take time to talk through these decisions so it might be a good idea to start doing this now.

There are two main types of decisions that can be included in an arrangement. These are decisions about your personal welfare or your property and money matters.

Thinking about your property and affairs

When you are planning your decision support arrangement, you should think about including the following types of decisions about your property and affairs:

  • Managing property, including purchasing goods and services
  • Selling, mortgaging or disposing of property
  • Buying property
  • Business decisions
  • Ending a partnership
  • Carrying out a contract
  • Managing debts and taxes
  • Exercising the powers of a tenant for life
  • Providing for the needs of other people
  • Court proceedings
  • Applying for social services

Thinking about your personal welfare

When you are planning your decision support arrangement, you should think about including the following types of decisions about your personal welfare:

  • Accommodation
  • Employment
  • Education and training
  • Social activities
  • Social services
  • Healthcare
  • Other matters about your well-being

Setting up a MyGovID

You can use a MyGovID to access our service. This is an account that lets you access government services in Ireland. If you do not already have one, you can register for a MyGovID now.

Register or find out more about MyGovID here.

Thinking about planning ahead?

There are two types of decision support arrangements that will let you plan ahead for a time where you might not be able to make certain decisions for yourself. These are an enduring power of attorney and an advance healthcare directive. There are a number of things you can do now if you wish to make either of these types of arrangement.

Making an enduring power of attorney

If you wish to make an enduring power of attorney, you can currently do this under the Powers of Attorney Act 1996. This is similar to the enduring power of attorney you will be able to make under the 2015 Act. It is different because under the new law, we will supervise attorneys and make sure they are doing their job correctly.

If you make an enduring power of attorney now, it will still be valid after the new law comes into effect.

You can talk to a solicitor to find out more about making an enduring power of attorney.

Planning ahead for healthcare and treatment decisions

If you want to plan ahead regarding healthcare and treatment decisions there are some things you can do now.

You can talk to your family and friends and let them know your wishes about any healthcare or treatment you might need in the future.

It is also a good idea to write down your wishes and to give them to your GP or any other healthcare professionals involved your care. This means they can refer to them if decisions need to be made at a time when you are unable to make them for yourself.

If you write down your wishes in an advance healthcare directive it can be very helpful for the people providing you with care and treatment and for you family and loved ones, particularly in a situation where people might disagree.

When the new law commences, it may be a good opportunity to review your advance healthcare directive if you have made one. This is because the new law sets out specific requirements for what needs to be in an advance healthcare directive.