Advance Care Directives - Your wishes for future care
If this happened to you, how would you want decisions to be made for you about your ongoing health care, living arrangements or other personal matters? And who would you want to make these decisions for you?
The new Advance Care Directive is an important step forward in planning for health care that came into effect from 1 July 2014. Creating an Advance Care Directive allows you to:
Having an Advance Care Directive can make it easier for others to know and act upon your wishes if they have to make decisions for you. It can also give you peace of mind that your wishes will be known and be respected if you cannot make these decisions yourself.
You may have heard of documents such as Enduring Power of Guardianship, Medical Power of Attorney and Anticipatory Direction. If you have completed one or more of these documents in the past they will still be legally effective or you can make a new Advance Care Directive to replace them.
Advance Care Directives - Consumer Stories: Natasha