You have the right to plan ahead and appoint another person or persons to make decisions for you if you cannot make decisions for yourself. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 makes provision for two separate ‘future planning’ documents
An Advance Healthcare Directive (AHD) is a written document which allows you to plan ahead by indicating now
The purpose of an AHD is to ensure that you are treated at all times according to your will and preferences, beliefs and values. An AHD provides healthcare professionals with important information about you and your choices in relation to treatment.
An AHD can be made by any person at any time over the age of 18 years, not just where a person is unwell or has a diagnosis of dementia.
A Power of Attorney means you (the Donor) can give another person (the Attorney) the right to act on your behalf.
In Irish law there are two different Powers of Attorney
You can create an EPA to plan in advance for how you should be cared for when you might not be mentally capable of making decisions for yourself and about your affairs.
An EPA is an important legal document. To start thinking about planning ahead read our FAQ’s on Enduring Power of Attorney