Though not a fun thing to think or even imagine, if a time comes when you are unable to think for yourself because of an illness or injury you have met, you require a living will that many terms as ‘advance healthcare directive’. This helps you to pre-determine what your preferences and wishes are and what your family should do if any kind of emergency arises.
This helps both the parties with the family satisfied knowing they are doing what you wanted and you get the peace of mind too that comes with your wishes being followed. Here are some things related to living will that everyone should be aware of.
The Rules Of Living Will Varies In States And Countries
The rules related to living wills could differ in different states. In some parts, it might not be even called so and are known as health directives. There are different requirements and procedures for living wills and when they could be executed and not. You should always learn about the rules prevalent regarding a living will where you live.
Doctors Play A Crucial Role In Living Will
A doctor needs to show that you are permanently unconscious or that you have a terminal illness that might hamper your free will later and someone might have to make decisions. A second doctor should also be consulted for agreement. If not so, then the living will not be put into effect. Discussing this with your doctor ensures later that your wishes will be taken care of and your doctors will comply with it.
Living Will Can Be Changed/Improvised
You can revoke the terms of the initial living will and make new ones if you wish too. Your living will would be attached with other documents and therefore destroying it is never a wise decision and, though you can entirely revoke it or change, no one else would be able to do it for you.
Appointing A Healthcare Agent
They are specific people and not doctors but agents who are allowed to make medical decisions for you when you cannot. There are few rules when it comes to choosing your agent including they should be adults, they should not be a doctor or anyone from the facility you are admitted to.
While this might seem overwhelming, a living will can be quite an advantage when you are unconscious or unable to make decisions on your own. Take time when creating this will and make sure to mention all your preferences and wishes so that your family could handle even the stressful times.