There are many decisions to make when making out a Living Will or Advanced Healthcare Directive (AHD). The AHD acts as a sort of Power of Attorney, but strictly when it comes to your healthcare. A few things to consider while making your AHD are who you want making your healthcare decisions, specifying a doctor and, most importantly, if you want to remain on life support.
First, you need to decide who you want making your healthcare decisions for you. This is usually a close family member or friend, or sometimes you can designate your attorney as your medical POA. This person will not only be following your wishes per this document, but will be making decisions that they think you yourself would make were you not incapacitated. Therefore, your Medical POA should be someone you trust, and someone you know will make the right decisions as far as your health is concerned.
Secondly, your AHD allows you to be specific on what Doctor is going to be in charge of your healthcare, and like the Medical POA, thoroughly follow your AHD. It can be narrowed down to specific specialists, or the family doctor. Be sure to include all of your Doctor’s contact information on your AHD as well.
Lastly, and most importantly, you must decide whether you would want to remain on life support or if you would want otherwise. Your doctor and your Medical POA must follow through with whatever your wishes may be. You can even specify whether you wish to have the use of painkillers even if it hastens your death. These decisions are the most important, and the reason this entire document exists.
The Living Will or Advanced Healthcare Directive gives you a voice and a way of making decisions no matter what age you are or what happens to you in life. Life can always take dramatic turns and the AHD assures that you will be ready for anything that comes your way and that your decisions will be followed through.
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