The Importance of Advance Directives

Advance Directives, sometimes called “living wills”, allow you to state how you would like to be treated by medical professionals and family in the event of an illness or accident that leaves you without capacity to make these decisions at the time.

Advance Directives give voice to your wishes in respect of life sustaining treatments such as the extended use of ventilators, resuscitation, and artificial nutrition. For people suffering from terminal illnesses, Advance Directives form an important part of advance care planning. It is important to communicate how you wish your end-of-life care to be carried out; such as spending as much time at home as possible, your wishes on CPR, or admission to emergency rooms.

Having an Advance Directive provides your family with knowledge of what your wishes are and can ensure that your personal or religious views on treatment and end-of-life care are taken into account.

While death, and our treatment until death, can be a difficult topic to think about, it is important to consider making these wishes known now in the event that you cannot make them later. Anyone over the age of 16 can make an advance directive.

If you would like to know more about Advance Directives or how to make one, please feel free to get in touch with our Executry Team at or 0131 622 1771.

Advance Directives form only one part of our Family Care Pack, the others being Wills and Powers of Attorney. If you would like to know more about any of these, or our full Family Care Pack, please get in touch.

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