Preparing for the future and communicating the needs and wishes of the person you care for - A Guide for Carers

Making a Health Passport

A Health Passport is a voluntary booklet that a person carries with them when they visit hospitals or other health and disability services. A Health Passport has information about how they want people to communicate with them and support them when they use health or disability services. It helps health professionals make appropriate and safe decisions about their care.

How to get a Health Passport?

A person can get a Health Passport by:

  • downloading from the HDC website. Visit the My Health Passport page on the Health & Disability Commissioner website
  • ordering from the HDC website. Visit and choose My Health Passport
  • from a disability support group
  • from a hospital, ask at reception or the Information Centre.

There is also a Guide to help a person fill out the information needed for the Passport. A person can get this Guide in the same way they can get a Passport.

To find out more

Advance Care Planning for end-of-life care

Advance care planning helps a person, the important people in their life, and their healthcare team plan for their end-of-life care. Making an advance care plan helps a person have a say over what healthcare they might or might not want in the future in the case that they are unable to.

To find out more:

Organising an Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document where a person gives another person (called the attorney) the power to make decisions on their behalf if they become unable to.

For more information about organising an Enduring Power of Attorney, including who can be an attorney, what an attorney does, and how to get an Enduring Power of Attorney, visit the Enduring Power of Attorney page on the Office for Seniors website.

You can also find information through going to the Enduring Power of Attorney page on the New Zealand Government website.

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