An Advance Care Directive (ACD) is an important step in planning for your future medical, health and personal care. It lets your medical treatment providers and others close to you know how you would like to be treated should something serious ever happen to you.
With an ACD, you can get peace of mind knowing that people will treat you with respect, and in accordance with your wishes, at a time when you are vulnerable. You can specify exactly what medical treatment you would or would not like to receive should you ever become too ill to communicate your wishes. Your document includes step-by-step signing instructions, important information and a handy wallet card to let people know where your document is kept. Each form is specifically tailored to the legal requirements of each state and territory.
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Step 1. Complete
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What is an ACD? . . .
An ACD gives your medical providers and those that care about you a clear understanding of your wishes for future medical care and treatment should you ever be unable to tell them yourself. Having an ACD can give you peace of mind knowing that people understand and will respect how you want to be treated at a time when you are most vulnerable.
Can anyone make an ACD? . . .
In order to make a valid ACD, you should be over 18 years of age. You should also know what this type of document is and understand what it's used for. You should also understand when it will come into effect, i.e. when you are not a person with decision-making ability or able to communicate your wishes. If you already have a ACD in place and you want to change it, you should make a new one to replace it.
What is the difference between a Power of Attorney and an ACD? . . .
A Power of Attorney appoints someone to make decisions on your behalf, including medical decisions in some circumstances. An ACD gives directions to your medical treatment providers in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. Your medical treatement providers are legally bound by a valid ACD. An Attorney or Guardian, if you have appointed one, can act as an Advocate on your behalf. This means that they can help to compel your medical providers to carry out any wishes that you have set out in your ACD.
Do I need to see my Doctor to make an ACD?. . .
While it's not a legal requirement to see a Doctor in order for an AHD to be valid, it's a good idea to consult your Doctor about any medical terms in the ACD that you might not understand. You can still make your ACD using the online form and take it to your Doctor to go through with you and sign themselves. It's also a good idea to either give your Doctor a copy, discuss your wishes for care or at the very least tell your Doctor that you have made an ACD.
Does an ACD last after I have had an accident and I am unable to speak for myself? . . .
Yes. That is exactly when this type of document comes into effect. It will not operate when you are able to communicate your wishes regarding medical treatment to your Doctors.
Can I give specific directions about what treatment I want to have? . . .
Yes. You can specify any wishes relating to your future medical treatement or care in an AHD. This may include general statements like "I want to die with dignity" or it could relate to specific wishes relating to any current medical conditions or religious beliefs that you might have. It can apply to personal, health, medical or lifestyle decisions. It does not apply to financial or legal matters.
Why do I need an ACD? . . .
An ACD will give you peace of mind knowing that you have communicated your wishes in advance to those that care for you if you ever become unable to communicate those wishes yourself.
What things should I think about before I start? . . .
It's a difficult thing to think about, but you need to think about if there comes a time when you become unable to communicate your wishes for care to others. This could be because of a serious accident or illness, dementia, or because you are in a coma. How would you want to be treated by others if you were in this state? What type of medical treatment would you want if you were at the end of life and there was no possibility of recovery? These are the questions that an AHD form asks you to answer.