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What can a living will do for you?

There are many different plans that you need to make for the end of your days. One thing that you might not have really thought about is your plan for medical care in the final days.

All of the advances in the medical field mean that there are some pretty extreme measures that doctors can take that will prolong your life some. The issue with this is that some people don't want to have those measures used on them. With this in mind, you need to take the time to make your wishes known.

From a legal standpoint, the living will is one way to do this. You can outline exactly which treatments you are willing to have and which ones you don't even want to consider.

Oftentimes, the issue of resuscitation is one that is covered. If you don't want to be resuscitated, you need to have a specific form, a Do Not Resuscitate order, on file. Still, there is a limit to this. If someone calls emergency services, they are required to take life-saving measures and take you to the hospital. For this reason, people who want a DNR order choose not to contact emergency services in any case.

You can also choose how to handle other situations, such as being provided nutrition or hydration through intravenous methods. You can speak to your doctor to find out what other specific decisions you might need to make.

Once you get the living will created, you need to make sure that you have a copy of it on file at each medical facility you might visit. You should also keep a copy with you in case you end up somewhere without one on file for you.

Source: FindLaw, "Should You Consider a Living Will?," accessed Dec. 20, 2017

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