Your last wishes will allow you to leave this world with the respect and dignity that you deserve. You have your own values and beliefs therefore the medical treatment you wish to receive if you became seriously ill or injured may be different to others. Nonetheless, you expect your family and health care professionals to respect your wishes. However, you must ask yourself, is anyone actually aware of those wishes?
It may be that you have appointed an Enduring Guardian and an Enduring Power of Attorney to make medical decisions and look after your financial affairs when you are no longer able to. You may think that you have made your final wishes, with respect to end-of-life care, clear to your Enduring Guardian. However, your guardian may have their own understanding of what you want, they have misunderstood what you want, or they simply do not remember exactly what you have asked for. Communicating your wishes in an Advanced Care Directive ensures that your wishes are respected and protects you from any misunderstandings.
An Advanced Care Directive is a document which is created to provide your healthcare wishes to your Doctors. The most common reason to have an Advanced Care Directives is to communicate your end-of-life wishes to your Doctor. The Directive does not come into effect until you are unable to make your own decisions and this is declared by a Doctor.
Along with the legal aspect of the Advanced Care Directive you must also take the document to your regular GP who will assist you to fill out the medical questions which form a large part of the document.
It is important to remember that the earlier you make your Advanced Care Directive the better. You do not want your wishes challenged because your capacity at the time the document comes into effect is in question.
Our team at Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors understands the importance of listening to your wishes. We will carefully prepare the necessary documents to ensure they are communicated and respected.