If You Do Not Have An Advance Health Care Directive
Decision-making is left to someone else, generally a family member in order of kinship. This means decisions may be made by someone you may not have chosen.
An Advance Health Care Directive can give you peace of mind and will be appreciated by those caring for you and those who care about you.
Another option that may be helpful is the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders, and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes. Please discuss this with your physician.