An Advance Care Directive (ACD) is a legal document that allows people over the age of 18 to appoint one or more Substitute Decision Makers who can make decisions on their behalf during unlikely periods when they are critically ill, unable to speak for themselves, lose full decision making capacity regarding health, residential, lifestyle and personal matters.
ACD is the essential back-up plan which enables you to:
– Express your wishes, preferences & instructions for your future health care, end of life, living arrangements and personal matters;
– Appoint one or more Substitute Decision Makers (SDM) on your behalf in case you are unable to communicate or make a decision yourself.
– Create a warm peace of mind that your beloved ones grasp your ideas and respect your desires though you might not be able to speak it out.