No. An Advance Care Directive is a legally binding document. If a family member is appointed as a Substitute Decision-Maker they must also follow the instructions in the Advance Care Directive. The exceptions are that the Substitute Decision-Maker cannot:
- Make a decision which would be illegal, such as requesting voluntary euthanasia.
- Refuse food and water to be given to them by mouth.
- Refuse medicine for pain or distress (for example palliative care).
- Make legal or financial decisions (unless you have also been appointed as an Enduring Power of Attorney for financial matters).