Living Wills in Pittsburgh and in Western Pennsylvania
Allowing You to Decide on Your Medical Preferences
If you are injured or suffer an illness restricting you from making conscious
decisions about your healthcare treatment, someone will have to make them
for you. When you draft an estate plan, you can create a living will that
dictates the type of treatments you'd like to receive and who should
be overseeing your care. This document makes it possible for a health
care agent to decide on matters you may not have addressed. They will
have the final deciding power on your medical care, ensuring you receive
the best possible treatment.
While creating an
estate plan to protect your property is beneficial to your family, leaving a plan
for your appointed health care agent is also important as it is beneficial
to you! You can trust your wishes are being followed when you leave a
direct and clear map as to how you want to be cared for. It also allows
your family to be at peace with the final decisions of your treatment,
knowing that they won't have to debate amongst themselves.
When you have signed a living will prior to your needing medical assistance
of any nature, it creates a better opportunity for you to receive the
treatment you need,
while eliminating stress for your family.
What happens when you become incapacitated?
If you are no longer able to make your own decisions about treatment, your
designated health care agent will be responsible for doing so. This means
that you can also include specific details about what type of care and
treatment you would like to receive. If you feel strongly against certain
treatments or believe some procedures to be unethical, it is vital that
you include these details in your living will.
Your living will can include any healthcare declarations you want. For
example, you may wish to restrict life-prolonging procedures like CPR
or dialysis. When you include this in your living will, your agent will
alert doctors that you do not want to receive resuscitation treatments
if you are no longer responsive.
Other life-prolonging treatments you may want to exclude:
- Blood transfusions
- Diagnostic tests
- Administration of drugs
- Surgery and respirator treatment
If you would prefer to exclude all life-prolonging treatments, your living
will can designate that as well. You may also want to specify what type
of palliative care you wish to receive. Even if you elect to exclude life-prolonging
treatments, you can still receive palliative care to alleviate your pain.
This will allow you to pass peacefully, while experiencing a natural death.
This allows a patient to enjoy the last moments of life, rather than pursuing
potential cures and prolonging the timing of death.
If you do not include specified preferences, your health care agent will
be able to select what type of treatment or care you receive. This relative,
family member, or friend should be someone who you can depend on and trust
to adhere to your final wishes.
If you have more questions about living wills,
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