An Advance Care Directive, also known as a ‘Living Will’, is a statement setting out the type of medical care you want in the future should you not be able to make that decision at that time. People usually make these directives in order to limit treatment given in order to prolong life. However, they can be made to direct that all possible treatments are to be provided irrespective of the prognosis. There is no legislation on Advance Care Directives in Ireland, and their status is still unclear. However, it seems clear that an Advance Care Directive that is clear and specific may be regarded as giving or witholding consent to specific treatment when you were in a position to make an informed choice.
At David J. O’Meara & Sons, we can advise you on your entitlement to make an Advance Care Directive, and the implications of same.