Thanks to medical advances, people can now be kept alive for a much longer time than in the past. However, a doctor explains the difficulties of determining when it is time to go, according to The Guardian in "My patient is 93 and has pneumonia. It's time to talk about her death."
Most of the time, the uncomfortable conversations mentioned in the article can be avoided by doing some advance planning.
Advance medical directives, including living wills and health care powers of attorney, make it possible for people to give directions regarding when doctors should no longer keep them alive and who should make any medical decisions, if there are any to make.
With advance medical directives, you can make decisions now while you are still able and avoid the pain of having others make them later.
Now is the right time to discuss your desires on this subject with one of our attorneys at Heritage Elder Law. We will get your plan clearly written down so if the unthinkable does happen, your family knows what decision you want them to make.
Attend one of our free workshops to learn more. As a thank you for attending, you will receive a free consultation with one of our attorneys about your personal planning needs. Call today at (724) 841-0004 or register online at https://www.heritageelderlaw.com/Estate-Planning-workshops.php.
Reference: The Guardian (July 6, 2017) "My patient is 93 and has pneumonia. It's time to talk about her death."