What is a Living Will? Your Decision.
You may have heard of the term ‘Living Will’ which is the common name for an ‘Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment’.
An ‘Advance Decision’ is a legal document that sets out medical treatment or procedures you wish to refuse if, through accident or illness, you are unable to make your own decisions in the future. For example, it can cover treatment related to stroke, head injury, dementia, cancer and heart disease. It must be as specific as possible.
Doctors and carers are legally bound to follow a valid Advance Decision. A copy should be given to your GP so it is placed with your medical records.
Lasting Powers of Attorney. Entrust Others with the Decision.
It is also possible to name people (for example, your spouse or partner and children) who you want doctors and carers to consult before making any decisions about your treatment. However, those people can only make formal decisions on your behalf if you make a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.