Why should I consider making an advance decision or advance statement?

This page outlines some of the benefits of making an advance decision or advance statement to plan ahead.

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to make an advance decision or advance statement:

  • It can be reassuring to know that you will not be given treatment in the future that you do not want.
  • It ensures your views and wishes are taken into account.
  • It can help to start conversations about your future care with doctors and nurses that you may not have otherwise.
  • It can also help to prompt discussions with your family about your wishes, and what you would like to happen in the future.
  • It can take the burden away from your family, who otherwise may be asked to make these decisions for you.

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