What Is an Advanced Health Directive?
An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is a legal document in which you can set out your wishes when it comes to future care and treatment should you become ill, sometimes referred to as Medical Power of Attorney. Living Wills and Advance Health Directives can come into effect if you are unable to make reasonable judgments and or decisions about your health treatment and can alleviate a lot of the uncertainty that can occur if you cannot speak for yourself.
The Advance Health Directive document covers your preferred medical treatment and information relevant to healthcare professionals including conditions, allergies and religious or cultural beliefs. An Advance Health Directive is considered a living Will, and not only upholds your wishes, but eases stress for your family members who will no longer be forced to make any life changing decisions on your behalf.
How to Make an Advanced Health Directive
The experienced team of Wills and Estates Lawyers at Kennedy Spanner cover all aspects of AHD whether they are general specifications or more advanced proceedings. This document enables you to create advanced instructions regarding medical treatments and measures associated with your accepted quality of life.
Our team of lawyers can assist you in developing an advanced health directive form if you are over the age of 18, understand the nature and consequences of personal healthcare decisions and have the capacity to communicate your decisions. The best time to do so is now, before any serious health issues arise. Urgency is encouraged for those with worsening medical conditions, suspect hospital admission or chronic conditions with potential complications.
For a free initial telephone discussion with an experienced Wills and Estates Lawyer, telephone our Brisbane office (07) 3236 9169 or complete the case review form on this page.