Why you should consider signing an Advance Decision

Signing an Advance Decision, also known as an advance directive or living will, is important for individuals who want to have control over their medical treatment and decisions in the event they become unable to communicate or make decisions due to incapacity. Here are some reasons why signing an Advance Decision can be beneficial:

  1. Autonomy and personal choices: An Advance Decision allows you to express your personal wishes and preferences regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care. It ensures that your voice is heard and respected even if you are unable to communicate or make decisions at the time.
  2. Medical treatment refusal: An Advance Decision enables you to refuse specific medical treatments or interventions that you do not wish to receive. This could include life-sustaining treatments such as resuscitation, artificial ventilation, or certain medications. By clearly stating your preferences in advance, you provide guidance to healthcare professionals and your loved ones, ensuring that your wishes are followed.
  3. Alleviating family burden: An Advance Decision can relieve the burden on your loved ones by providing clear instructions about your healthcare choices. It can minimize potential conflicts or disagreements among family members who may have differing opinions about your medical treatment. Having your wishes documented in an advance decision can bring peace of mind to both you and your loved ones.
  4. Ensuring medical decisions align with your values: An Advance Decision allows you to ensure that medical decisions made on your behalf align with your personal values, religious beliefs, or ethical considerations. It provides a mechanism for you to maintain control over important healthcare choices, even when you are unable to actively participate in the decision-making process.
  5. You can also sign a Health and Care Power of Attorney. It is important to consult with a legal professional when creating a Lasting Power of Attorney to ensure that it is done correctly so both the Power of Attorney and Advance Decision are valid.

Clients who visit our office for appointments have the option to receive an Advance Decision pack from us. Additionally, if you choose to sign an Advance Decision, we are available to act as witnesses for your signature. There is no charge for this.

Katherine Oakes is able to offer as free initial meeting to discuss your affairs.

Please note that the information provided is for guidance purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

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