Planning Ahead

Caring For Aging Parents

What is a living will?

This is a written statement of wishes regarding the use of specified medical treatments. It is provided to the doctor, hospital, or medical provider, and becomes part of the official medical record. You may specify if you wish to be resuscitated, whether or not you wish to be held on life support indefinitely, or for a period of time, whether you would like to use hospice, instead of prolonging treatment, etc. Each state requires the use of its own form for a living will and many states have other limitations. In some states, living wills apply only to those with Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, degenerative disorders, or those in a coma or persistent vegetative state.


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