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Advance Directive (Living Will)

What is an Advance directive?
An advance directive (sometimes known as an advance decision to refuse treatment, or a living will) is a decision you can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future.

It lets your family, carers and health professionals know whether you want to refuse specific treatments in the future. This means they will know your wishes if you are unable to make or communicate those decisions yourself.

The treatments you are deciding to refuse must all be named in the advance decision.

You may want to refuse a treatment in some situations, but not others. If this is the case, you need to be clear about all the circumstances in which you want to refuse this treatment.

You can refuse a treatment that could potentially keep you alive (known as life-sustaining treatment). This includes treatments such as ventilation and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which may be used if you cannot breathe by yourself or if your heart stops. You may want to discuss this with a doctor or nurse who knows about your medical history before you make up your mind.
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An advance decision is not the same as an Advance Statement.

Deciding to refuse a treatment is not the same as asking someone to end your life or to help you end your life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal under English law.

Orchard Wills Ltd are Will Writers covering Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, Olney, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, providing a will writing service that is available in our office or we can visit you at your home.

We also offer a wide range of services including Advance Directive documents.


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