What is an Advance Care Directive?

An Advance Care Directive came in to effect on 1 July 2014 and replaces the following documents:

  • Enduring Power of Guardianship;
  • Medical Power of Attorney; and
  • Anticipatory Direction.

It allows you to:

  • Write down your wishes, preferences and instructions for your future health care, end of life, living arrangements and personal matters; and/or
  • Appoint one or more Substitute Decision-Makers to make these decisions on your behalf, if you are unable to make them for yourself.

An Advance Care Directive only operates when you lose capacity. This loss of mental capacity may occur, for example, because of Dementia at age 60 or a car accident at age 20. It can happen to anyone at anytime. We have seen it firsthand.

It is important to remember that Advance Care Directives are solely relevant to health and lifestyle decisions (not legal or financial).

Having all of your healthcare wishes clearly made known will save your family the stress and burden of trying to decide what you would like to happen in such a situation.

We have capped our fee for an Advance Care Directive at $330.00 (inc GST).

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