WHAT AN ADVANCE DECISION DOES NOT DO

An Advance Decision cannot be used to:

  • Ask for anything that is illegal such as euthanasia or to help commit suicide

  • Demand care the healthcare team consider inappropriate in your case

  • Refuse the offer of food and drink by mouth

  • Refuse the use of measures solely designed to maintain your comfort such as providing appropriate pain relief, warmth or shelter

  • Refuse basic nursing care that is essential to keep you comfortable such as washing bathing and mouth care

It is important for the people providing your treatment to feel confident that you have not changed your mind since your Advance Decision was made. If new or improved medical treatments are now available, or your personal circumstances have changed, its validity may be questioned if you signed it many years ago. You will also want to review it on a regular basis to be sure it continues to reflect your views.

You can change your Advance Decision at any time while you still have capacity to do so.

You can cancel an Advance Decision at any time while you still have capacity to do so. You should destroy the original document or mark it cancelled. You should also notify everyone who was aware of the Advance Decision’s existence.