As technology and options for life prolonging treatment increase, so do your choices.
Adults have the right to make their own health care decisions. Your right includes the option to define what life prolonging treatments and interventions you would like to receive or refuse, artificial nutrition (food) and hydration (water/fluids), and who is designated to make decisions on your behalf when you're unable to do so.
By documenting these wishes in writing, you are ensuring your wishes will be met in the event you are not able to communicate for yourself in a healthcare setting.
An advance directive is a written document created by a competent adult expressing instructions for future healthcare treatment in the event the individual loses the ability to make decisions or communicate.
The decision to create advanced directives is a personal one that requires careful planning and reflection. If you think you may need assistance, don't hesitate to contact an attorney or visit the websites listed below for additional information.