Advance Directive

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Advance Directive

A legal document expressing a person's medical wishes in the event of his/her mental or physical incapacity. An advance directive is made while the director is still competent, and comes into effect at incapacity. An advance directive may state whether or not the director wishes to be placed on life support or to receive a particular treatment. It may or may not assign another party, usually a family member, to make these decisions as they come up. It is important to note that in this situation, an advance directive is not a power of attorney and neither allows the other party access to the assignor's finances, nor obliges him/her to pay for any treatment. See also: Proxy directive.
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Dianna, 67, from Edinburgh, said: "One incident really brought home to me how important having an advance statement is.
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Although the new code recognizes the potential value of advance statements in other than end-of-life decisions, it does not specifically address such other examples as advance obstetric directives ("birth plans"), probably the most common form of advance directive made in Britain.
More information is available in an information sheet called Advance Decisions, Advance Statements And Living Wills which you can obtain from your local Age Concern or online at http://www.