First off, for those community members who might not be familiar with the term- a living will is a written document that includes details regarding your future medical care.
It typically outlines which treatments an individual would OR would not want in an end-of-life situation… especially if you were unable to make or express these choices in the future. In other words, you are making potential decisions for yourself NOW, in the present, in case you are unable to make them in the future. It is a way to assert a sense of autonomy or control of your physical health and wellbeing.
So, what to include in a living will:
My research indicates that living wills can be very specific or general. It is important to note, however, that what you include will be dependent upon the law in your state/region.
You do not need a lawyer to make a living will, but you can consult with an attorney if you wish. If you make one on your own, make sure you find a form that meets your state’s requirements. You may be able to find free living will forms at:
-Local senior centers
-Your physician’s office
-Your state’s medical association
A few broad questions to answer in your living will:
-What qualifies as a meaningful quality of life?
-How much disability am I ok with?
-How well would I need to get to want to stay alive?
-What is most important to me about end-of-life care?
-What is not acceptable to me?
Here are two links which go into more specifics:
I realize that this can get overwhelming pretty quickly, so I will pause here for now. I hope this helped, Tom.