Living wills and medical directives can be scary. A living will essentially is a document that directs what life-sustaining treatment should be given. It also informs healthcare providers as to what end of life medical care he wants or do not specifically.
A living will different than a healthcare power of attorney. A healthcare POA is a written paper that allow someone else to serve as your agent, to make medical decisions, and to access medical. For example, an older person on various medications may not understand all the instructions and the medical talk so therefore they have their son or daughter as their medical POA.
Both living will and a medical POA must be in writing. They must be dated and signed by the patient. A living will is into effect when the patient is determined to be incompetent, permanently unconscious, or has an end stage medical condition. It is also wise to inform your family verbally of what would like.
A living will is more than just a question of life support, especially for diabetics. A friend recently commented on Facebook, “I mentioned making sure you want insulin if you are on life support (or don’t want life support but want insulin) …” There is so much to think of “in case”.
Issues to consider include;
- intravenous feedings
- insulin and other such treatments
Organ donation is another issue to be considered, although separate from life support. One can donate various organs or tissues. The entire body can also be donated scientific study.
Remember to review your living well from time to time as well. A living will made by a 20-year-old with no children or spouse would a suitably be different than that of parents or grandparents.
This article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician or legal advice of any kind. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician. If you have questions pertaining to wills – be it living or estate – you should consult a lawyer.
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