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Advanced Care Directive
An Advanced Care Directive includes specific directions for medical treatment. It also includes specific directions for end of life decisions. It is an important way of directing others of your specific wishes about healthcare and treatment, should you find yourself seriously ill or injured and unable to make decisions for yourself.
An Advance Care Directive can only be made by an adult over 18 years with decision-making capacity, and if valid must be followed. Health Professionals can not override a valid Advance Care Directive. This document works in conjunction with your Enduring Guardianship Document.
An Advance Care Directive may include one or more of the following:
- The person you would like to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions. This would also be supported by your Enduring Guardianship.
- Treatments you consent to
- Treatments you do not consent to
- Life preserving/saving measures you do and do not consent to
An Advanced Care Directive relates to Medical decisions.
An Enduring Guardianship relates to Medical, Dental and Lifestyle decisions ( such as a nursing home etc)
Therefore for a complete estate plan, both documents must be drafted in a complementary manner.
At the initial consultation, we will discuss your needs with you and put together your Advanced Care Directive in conjunction with you other estate planning documents.
Prior to attending your conference with us, we will send you an information form for your completion and to assist you to gather the relevant information required.