Advance Health Directive
Are you concerned about your future health care, especially if you can’t make important decisions yourself? Then making an Advance Health Directive is the correct way to give instructions about your health care choices.
If you are unable to make these decisions yourself, it is important that the decisions made meet with your approval. You can make very specific decisions about your future treatment, especially if you wish to decline certain medical treatment.
Accident or illness can rob you of your health. A car accident may leave you severely injured. If your injuries are so severe that your only option is living with the aid of a life support system, you may have pre-determined that this is not the right option for you. You can consent or refuse such treatment plans through an Advance Health Directive.
If you do not have an Advance Health Directive in place and are unable to make such decisions, then other people will make and implement your treatment plan. Such decisions may be against your spiritual, religious or cultural beliefs and cause undue stress on loved ones.
Often the people closest to you are shrouded in emotional grief. Decisions made can be purely emotional based on their wants or needs and not necessary in line with the decisions you would have made.
Now is the time to remove such confusion and potential stress. Decisions made under such pressure can tear families apart, which is the last thing you want to happen.
Changing or Revoking an Advance Health Directive
You have the right to cancel the Advance Health Directive at any time as long as you have the mental capacity to do so.
Rarely is this a subject people want to discuss. It is important that if you lose capacity someone with your interests in mind deals with the situation with a calm approach. Contact us to discuss your Advance Health Directive. You can have it prepared as a one-off instruction or when making a Will or updating a Will.