An illness or accident can make it difficult or impossible for you to tell health professionals who you want to take care of you and how you want to be looked after. The living will is your written instructions about the type of care you wish to receive or not in certain situations where you might be unable to express yourself. There is no legal obligation to have a legal will [Swiss Civil Code (CCS), art. 370, 371 and 372].
Advice for writing your living will
What is a living will ?
A living will be used only if you are in a situation where you are unable to express your wishes
What assurances do you have that your instructions will be followed ?
Health professionals are obliged to respect the wishes a patient has expressed in a living will, if the patient is in a situation covered in the living will [CCS, Art. 372, paragraph 2].