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.
Fourth, various methods of declaring advance statements should be examined.
In common with the BMA, the commission defines incapacity as the inability to understand or retain information or to make or communicate decisions, and it too endorses the encouragement and enabling of advance statements (providing that they do not preclude basic care or unnecessarily endanger a fetus).
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.ageconcern.org.uk/ AgeConcern/is5.asp Insurance cost query Q Our four children have now left the family home, leaving just my wife and I.