Decisions about end-of-life medical care are very personal. The start of a new year is the perfect time to make sure those wishes are well documented.
Whether you want your life to be extended as long as possible or whether you want no life-sustaining measures at all, you need to make that choice clear beforehand. Chances are you won’t be able to express yourself when a crisis is at hand and a decision needs to be made.
The traditional way to communicate one’s end-of-life wishes is through an advance directive, and while advance directives are a good start, by themselves they may not guarantee that your wishes will be followed.
On this podcast, attorneys Lou Pierro and Peter Strauss discuss the important things you can do to ensure your wishes are met, including:
• Naming a health care proxy – a person who will make medical decisions for you when you can’t.
• Make sure you have an ongoing conversation with this person about the kind of care you want
• Create a MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)- a medical form to indicate which types of life-sustaining treatment a seriously ill patient wants or doesn't want if his or her condition worsens.
Lou and Peter share real-life stories that show the importance of making sure this your end-of-life wishes are, and how an Elder Law attorney can help you achieve that goal.