What is an Advance Directive or Living Will?
Do you want a say in your end of life decisions? A living will is a legal document that specifying medical treatments you would or would not like to keep you alive. With a living will, you state your preferences for pain management and organ donations. You control what medical treatment you do or do not want administered and under what circumstances.
A living will is a legally binding document. Your living will lets your doctors know what care you want to have in your end of life stages.
Why You Need a Living Will?
A living will gives guidance to your health care providers. With a living will in place, your family members know what care you wanted. They do not have to fight over what you may or may not have wanted done.
Through a living will, you get to control what happens to you. You control whether end of life measures should be taken. Most importantly you state whether you want to live or die.
Who Should Have a Living Will?
No one plans on being in a life or death situation. No one plans on being in a coma. Yet life happens. Bad things happen to people of all ages – young or old.
While you cannot prevent bad things from happening, you can control what happens to you. With a living will in place, you have already stated your feelings as to any end of life measures being used. You have already set the framework of whether you want to live or die.