A living will outlines your medical care wishes should you be unable to make those decisions later on in life. Living wills are not just for the elderly or those with a terminal illness. Unexpected, unplanned medical emergencies can happen at any point in your life, and if at all possible, you should be prepared for them.
In drafting a living will, you are able to outline the medical care you would wish for yourself should the unforeseeable happen. This leaves no room for loved ones to wonder what your true wishes are, and also alleviates any unnecessary pain or confusion with decisions loved ones might have to make on your behalf.
Things to consider in your living will
In thinking about your living will, examine the core principles in your life that are most important to you. Would you like to remain fully self-reliant? How do you feel about options pertaining to tube feeding or dialysis? Is being an organ donor something that is important to you? Some topics to consider while drafting a living will are:
- The option of tube feeding–would give the body nutrients and fluids via tube
- The option of dialysis–waste removal should your kidneys stop functioning
- The option of mechanical ventilation–a machine that would allow you to breathe, should you be unable to do so on your own
- The option of resuscitation–via CPR or a defibrillator
- The option to donate your body to science
- The option to donate organs and tissues
We are always here with any questions you may have with regard to drafting your living will.