In your early years, serious injury or illness isn’t something you like to think about. We all tend to feel invincible at times, and worrying about becoming terminally ill or being in an accident can feel morbid. Unfortunately, accidents, injuries and illnesses know no age or time limits, therefore it is important you make your wishes known to your family.
What are your thoughts on life support keeping you alive? Have you told anyone about your wishes?
The family of an 81-year-old woman has recently received a £45,000 payout after she was kept alive against her will.
Brenda Grant made a living will stating she feared degradation and indignity more than death after seeing her mum lose independence through dementia. Despite having an Advance Directive drawn up to say if she were no longer of sound mind or had suffered from a list of medical ailments, she should not have treatment to prolong her life, the George Eliot hospital, in Warwickshire, misplaced the document, and she was artificially fed for 22 months.
Mrs Grant did not tell her children about the living will.
A living will, or advance decision, is a document that sets out a person's wishes regarding healthcare and how they want to be treated if they end up incapacitated.
The document allows people to refuse treatment, even if it might lead to death, and is legally binding.
Having a Living Will is a reassuring document to have ready for the future. It can often help relatives and medics take difficult decisions and know the best course of action should you end up in a serious medical situation.
If you would like to ensure your wishes are met, get in touch today.