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Advance Health Directive

Oct 20

Have you heard of an Advance Health Directive? Should you put one in place?

An Advance Health Directive (or AHD) is an important document to consider creating as it will detail your consent regarding specific medical situations, particularly if you are not physically capable of providing your consent in the future.

Having an Advance Health Directive in place is especially helpful in the end stages of life where you can decide which medical treatments you do and do not consent to receiving in hospital. An AHD can also take the emotional burden of making medical decisions for you by your family and loved ones.

It is important to remember that an Advance Health Directive can only be used when you are physically and mentally incapable of making such decisions, however you can also stipulate it to take effect only if you become terminally ill.