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What are Advance Directives and Living Wills?

Advance Directives and Living Wills are documents in which you make known your wishes for your personal care, and for your medical treatment or non-treatment. It only comes into effect if you are found to lack capacity to make personal decisions.

Difference between an Advance Directive and a Living Will

Unlike a Living Will, Advance Directives give you the opportunity to appoint a medical proxy (a loved one or family member) to speak on your behalf should you be incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. They are also more comprehensive than a Living Will.

In a medical emergency, or any other circumstance which leaves you unable to communicate, your Advance Directive will help those responsible for your care to decide on your treatment. And it will help your loved ones to make the right decisions on your behalf.

Without an Advance Directive you may be subject to aggressive medical intervention, which you may not want to have. Or you may have a specific medical condition for which you do want all available treatment.

Planning ahead with an Advance Directive can give your principal caregiver, family members, and other loved ones peace of mind when it comes to making decisions about your future health care. It lets everyone know what is important to you, and what is not. Talking about death with those close to us is not about being ghoulish or giving up on life, but a way to ensure greater quality of life, even when faced with a life-limiting illness or tragic accident. When your loved ones are clear about your preferences for treatment, they’re free to devote their energy to care and compassion.

10 thoughts on “Advance Directive Planning Guide and Advance Directive Form

  • 9 May 2016 at 21:03
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    If your advanced directive form supercedes the SAVEs Living Will, please send me a form to this email address and cc my work address, admin@enviropro.co.za.

    Thank you. I have sent a long message trying to find someone from your organisation to come and talk to our Home Group in the Upper Highway Area.

    Thank you.
    Kind regards
    AD

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    • 10 May 2016 at 11:21
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      Thank you for making contact, Adrienne. Your email has been received and replied to.

      Warm regards
      DignitySA

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  • 4 May 2016 at 10:29
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    Dear Sir/Madam

    I do require an Advance Directive Form of R.S.A. I have some wishes to make regarding my family, please e-mail it to me and also the Advance Directive Planning Guide. See your mail-box in terms my e-mail address.

    Yours faithfully

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    • 4 May 2016 at 17:11
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      We have sent an ‘Advance Directive Form’ and an ‘Advance Directive Planning Guide’ to the email address you provided – please check your mailbox.
      Kind regards
      DignitySA

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  • 12 November 2015 at 18:02
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    I`ve got melanoma cancer, and had asked from the beginning, only for symptomatic treatment. My concern right now, is what can I do to ensure that my wishes will be respected, when I eventually, will get to the point, that I may not be able to voice that. I just want to be kept as pain free as possible… and also, if there comes a time, that maybe, my heart stops beating for instance, I do not want to be revived. Doctors were mostly very upset with my choice, but my oncologist is really very understanding.

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  • 17 September 2015 at 05:45
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    I most certainly would like to die with dignity rather than pain and suffering.

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  • 13 August 2015 at 09:52
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    hospital lawyers force icu to keep you going if you have a good medical aid never mind how you suffer.

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  • 18 July 2015 at 10:00
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    Please may I have more information as to how to apply for an Advance Directive.

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    • 18 July 2015 at 13:46
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      We have sent an ‘Advance Directive Planning Guide’ and an ‘Advance Directive Form’ to the email address you provided – please check your mailbox.
      Kind regards
      DignitySA

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  • 4 May 2015 at 21:18
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    I wish to make a choice how I die when I am faced with dying from a terminal illness. I have already been diagnosed once with breast cancer.

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