An advance directive is a legal document that allows you to express your preferences with regard to the medical care you would receive in Florida, should you become incapacitated. Different types of advance directives exist, one of which is the living will.
According to the American Cancer Society, the living will comes into play only when you need medical care to which you are unable to express your consent. Before the wishes you express in your living will come into play, two physicians must agree that you are unable to dictate your own wishes due to a serious medical condition. What matters might you address in your living will?
Whether you want resuscitation
You may use your living will to decide whether you want doctors to resuscitate you, should the need arise. If, for example, you prefer that your physicians do not use CPR if your heart stops beating or you stop breathing, you may express this in your living will.
Whether you want doctors to use artificial means
In some cases, doctors may not be able to keep you alive unless they use special means, such as a breathing or dialysis machine. You may use your living will to state whether you agree to doctors keeping you alive through artificial means if it becomes necessary.
Whether you want to donate organs
You may state whether you want to donate your organs or body tissues in the event of your death in your living will. If you want them to go to medical science or a patient in need, for example, you may voice such preferences in the document.
While these are some key areas you may want to cover in your living will, this is not an exhaustive list of all decisions it allows you to make.