Get your paperwork in order.
A living will documents your wishes and instructions regarding medical treatments. It states both your preferences and limits regarding some of the measures used to prolong life.Taking the time to create a living will encourages both you and your family to examine and discuss your wishes for end-of-life treatment, care and pain management.
Durable power of attorney for healthcare
A durable power of attorney for healthcare or medical power of attorney allows you to appoint someone to make your healthcare decisions if you are unable to do so. The person you name, typically called a healthcare proxy, agent or surrogate, has the authority to act according to your stated intentions if you are unconscious or in a state that prevents you from communicating or making decisions. The form also allows you to provide clear and convincing proof of your intentions regarding your future healthcare.
Do not resuscitate (DNR) order
A do not resuscitate (DNR) order is written by your attending physician to reflect your wish that in the event of cardiac arrest, no cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or attempts get your heart beating again are to be performed.
State-specific information about advance directives is available through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.