Everyone has a different idea of what it means to live a good life. You probably have a personal definition of it yourself.
You deserve to live the way you want. However, you must also consider the impact of the various legal rules, ethical codes and familial wishes that might be in opposition to your own ideas. Advance directives bridge the gap between these two forces.
1. Living wills
You have probably heard of living wills before. They are part of most comprehensive estate plans. These documents provide detailed information about medical treatment that you would be willing to accept. The benefit of these types of documents is that you could be as specific as you want in most cases.
2. Do not resuscitate
A do-not-resuscitate order tells emergency or hospital staff that you do not want them to attempt to restart your respiratory or cardiac functions. DNRs are in a complex area of the law and might intersect with hospital policy in some cases.
3. Powers of attorney
If you believe there is someone you can trust to make medical decisions on your behalf, you might want to Grant a durable power of attorney to that person. These legal instruments allow you to specify exact conditions that begin the power, as well as the decisions you would like people to make on your behalf.
There are many types of advance directives, and many considerations to make when selecting the ones you need. With the right planning, however, you should be able to give loved ones and medical professionals the guidance and permission they need to make the right choices.