Written documents give clear instructions about the kind of care you want at the end of life. By writing down your wishes, you can help your loved ones and doctors understand and follow your choices. That’s important if you are unable to make decisions or communicate for yourself.
Important decisions to clearly state in your documents include:
- Appoint a healthcare representative to make medical decisions for you if you cannot communicate.
- List the kind of health care you do or don’t want to receive if you cannot speak for yourself. A written document and your instructions (written and verbal) will help guide your appointed representative when speaking as your advocate with your healthcare providers.