There are things you can do to make sure others know which medical
treatments you would want to refuse and how you would like to be cared
for, should a time come when you cannot make or communicate these
Preparing an advance decision to refuse treatment (often called an
advance decision or a ‘living will’) and an advance statement are two
things you can do. This factsheet explains what they are, why you might
want to prepare one or both of them, requirements for drawing them up,
and ways to ensure other people know they exist.