Planning your care - Advance statements
This section may be helpful if you are worried that you won’t be able to make decisions for yourself in future. It looks at what an advance statement and an advance decision is, how to make them and what happens if they aren’t followed by professionals.
- An advance statement and advance decision are documents to say how you would like to be treated in the future if you can’t decide for yourself.
- You can only make an advanced statement or advance decision if you have mental capacity.
- An advanced decision is a document to state which treatments you want to refuse in the future.
- An advanced decision is sometimes known as an ‘advance directive’ or a ‘living will’.
- An advance decision is legally binding.
- You can use an advance statement to say who you would like to manage your affairs, such as paying bills or looking after children.
- Doctors should follow your advance statement. Though there is no legal obligation too.
This section covers:
- What is an advance statement and advance decision?
- What is the difference between an advance statement and advance decision?
- Can I make an advance statement or advance decision if I am unwell?
- What happens to my advance statement or advance decision if I am detained under the Mental Health Act?
- How do I make an advance statement or advance decision?
- What happens if professionals don’t follow my advance statement or advance decision?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in February 2018. Next review February 2021.
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