Living Wills FAQs
A: Your Living Will is to be followed only after your attending physician makes a written diagnosis that you are (1) incompetent, (2) either in a terminal condition or a permanent state of unconsciousness, and (3) another physician concurs.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society recommends doing the following to prepare for end of life care:
- Talk to your doctor so that you understand important medical determinations that affect your rights. Your doctor can also explain the good and bad features of various medical measures and artificial life support.
- Decide who you want to make health care decisions for you and the powers you want this person to have.
- Describe your wishes regarding your end of life and other future care.
- Write down your decisions and make an advanced health care directive.
- Make your wishes known. Keep an original copy of your advanced health care directive in a safe place, but ask your doctors to put a copy in your medical records. Also, give a copy to your health care agent. And be sure to talk about your advanced directive with family and friends who you expect to attend to your needs when you can’t speak for yourself.
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