It is wise for everyone to make sure people around them know what sort of care they would like at the end of their lives. However people’s needs change and capacity can change as people become weak and frail.
It is sensible for everyone who has capacity to do so to make Advance Statements about medical care they wish to refuse. (Part 17: Advance Decisions and Advance Statements)
These orders relate to a decision made in advance as to whether someone should be resuscitated in the event of a cardiac arrest.
If someone has capacity to make this decision they should make it for themselves and their wishes must be respected. If there may be doubts about their capacity it may be wise to record that they have capacity to make this decision. (Part 17: Advance Decisions and Advance Statements)
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