Make decisions for future with a living will

by Daniel Jones

People may not be aware that they can make an advance medical decision to determine what sort of care they do not want to receive in the future.

It is impossible to know when a lack of capacity may affect an individual's life, so by writing a living will, they can still maintain some control over their treatment.

Using the document, people are able to make requests how they want to be treated, but there are some restrictions.

For example, an individual is unable to ask for specific medical treatment or anything that is against the law, such as assistance with committing suicide.

It is also not possible to name another person who will make decisions over what medical treatment is issued, unless a Lasting Power of Attorney is established.

An advance medical decision can be drawn up by anyone over the age of 18 who has the mental capacity to compose the document.

Published on: August 12, 2011

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