An advance care directive is also known as a care testament. It is a written document where a person states what kind of treatment and care they wish to receive. In an advance directive, a person expresses their will on what kind of treatment and care they wish to receive in the event they are no longer able to make a decision due to a severe illness, accident or some other similar reason. By having an advance directive, you can ensure that your life values will be respected in your care, and any treatment decisions regarding your end-of-life care will be based on your wishes. Care personnel and your relatives are obliged to concede to your care testament.
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It is important to inform the relatives, other close persons and health-care personnel about the advance care directive, so that they are aware of it when needed.
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To make a valid advance directive, a person must be capable of understanding its meaning and contents. It is therefore recommended that an advance directive be drawn up well in advance. It can be updated at a later date when necessary.
It is advisable to make the advance directive in writing. However, an advance care directive issued orally is also valid and obliges the care personnel to comply to it. It is advised that the care testament be spared on the My Kanta Pages service, which makes it available for all eventual care-providing institutions and actors.
Care testaments can also be written informally on a blank paper, or by using a ready-made form. You can choose from a variety of available forms. Some of the ready-made forms are concise, allowing the person only to state what kind of treatment decisions they wish to have made at the final stages of their life. Resuscitation and intensive care are some examples. Other forms allow the person to make a comprehensive statement of their care and treatment wishes. Adherence to personal wishes concerning care and treatment improve the person’s quality of life in everyday situations. This is especially important in long-time care. Health-care personnel have an obligation to comply to the patient’s wishes regarding treatment decisions. Other kinds of treatment and care are to be respected to the greatest extent possible.