Healthcare Directives & Living WillsCentral Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney Contact Attorney Paul Jeddeloh
What is a Health Care Directive?
A health care directive, also known as an advance medical directive or living will, is a legal document where you give instructions for your medical care if you cannot speak for yourself due to illness or incapacity. A living will gives you the opportunity to choose your treatment and artificial life-support decisions preemptively. Other legal forms that may be a part of your health care directive are the health care proxy selection form, do not resuscitate order, and organ donation form. Your health care directive will only go into effect in cases where death is imminent and you are medically declared unable to communicate your wishes, such as in a comatose state or late stages of dementia.
What is a Living Will?
A living will is the central part of your health care directive. In your living will, you will have to decide if and when you want to receive life-prolonging treatments, including things like:
- Blood transfusions
- Tube feeding & artificial hydration
- Mechanical ventilation
- Do-not-resesitate orders
- Health care representative
- Comfort care
- Organ and tissue donations
- Antibiotics or antiviral medications
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