Advanced Care Directive
Being Prepared for Medical Decisions
Keeping in control for as long as possible as we age, and being prepared for medical decisions, is important for ourselves, and in particular for our families who will have to take over if a trauma occurs. We all have our views on the treatment we would wish to have, or not to have, in situations of illness or accident, but many of us have difficulties in discussing these issues with our families or friends. So when a trauma occurs, it becomes more difficult for those who have to make these important decisions, and extremely stressful.
The actions we should take are :
- have “the conversation” with your family and friends so they understand your preferences for your health care;
- complete and sign an Advanced Care Directive to clearly state your wishes for the treatment you would accept, or not accept, as well as your decisions relating to end-of-life care. You can change your wishes at any time by altering the Directive and initialling the amendments.
This important document should be copied and provided to your GP and to family members, and always be on hand at home in case you need to go to hospital urgently, so medical practitioners are aware of your wishes.
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