A Living Will
(legally known as an Advance Decision)
We all hope to live in good health for ever, but accidents and illnesses do occur. At such times we may not be able to say what we want to happen; how we want to be treated.
There are two forms that a “Living Will” can take. You may make an “Advance Statement” or “Advance Decision”.
An Advance Statement is used to describe how you would like to be treated, in the event that you are not sufficiently mentally capable of explaining at some later date. It is a narrative that health professionals and those taking care of you must consider but it is NOT legally binding. You can read more here: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/legal-issues/living-wills/advance-statement/
An Advance Decision (to refuse treatment) IS legally binding. Developing an Advance Decision would, sensibly, provide a chance for you to discuss possible treatment with your doctor as well as to discuss and resolve difficult issues with your family and friends. A fuller explanation is available here: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/legal-issues/living-wills/advance-decision/
It is important to be aware that an Advance Decision can be changed by you at any time.
How to make an Advance Decision is explained here: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/legal-issues/living-wills/how-to-make-advance-decision/
You can also download a detailed factsheet from Age UK: Living Will
A fully detailed form for you to fill in is available at: