Making Your Medical Wishes Clear: The Importance of Advance Care Directives

Making Your Medical Wishes Clear: The Importance of Advance Care Directives

Part of thoughtful end-of-life planning is deciding what medical care you want to receive if you become unable to communicate those wishes yourself. This is where advance care directives, also known as living wills, come in.
Advance Care Directives

An advance care directive outlines your preferences for future medical treatment if you can't consent due to illness or injury. It may appoint a substitute decision-maker and detail your values to guide them. Advance directives provide legally binding instructions regarding the care you consent to or refuse.
Why Advance Care Planning Matters

Without clear documentation of your wishes, your loved ones may struggle to decide on medical care that aligns with your beliefs should you become incapacitated. An advance directive removes this burden for your family and ensures your preferences are honoured.
Crafting Thoughtful Directives

Advance directives may cover your values, quality of life priorities, preferred treatments, care refusals, and decision-maker appointment. Requirements vary by state, but generally involve signing before one or more witnesses. We recommend reviewing your directive every few years or after major life events.
Safeguarding Your Documents

Keep your original advance directive in a secure but accessible place. Provide copies to your decision-maker, family members, doctor and hospital for their records as well. Add a copy to your My Health Record.
Advance care planning is essential for peace of mind. Let Funera Sydney's compassionate team support you in creating clear directives to guide your medical treatment. Please reach out at www.funera.syndey/contact-us so we can assist with any aspect of respectful end-of-life arrangements.
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