We suggest using a living will to put your wishes in writing while you still have the ability to make the decisions for yourself in Winston-Salem.
A living will, also known as an Advance Directive for a Natural Death, is a document that expresses what forms of medical treatment you want to receive when you are faced with certain end-of-life medical conditions in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The three main medical conditions that cause a living will to become effective are as follows:
1. You develop an incurable or irreversible condition that will result in death within a relatively short period of time.
2. You become unconscious and your health care providers determine that, to a high degree of medical certainty, you will never regain consciousness.
3. You suffer from advanced dementia or another condition which results in the substantial loss of your cognitive ability, and your health care providers determine that, to a degree of medical certainty, this loss is not reversible.
When you sign your living will, you state your intentions as to whether you want your life prolonged if you have one of the foregoing conditions. Another important aspect of your living will is the fact that you can make a determination in writing as to whether you want artificial hydration or artificial nutrition or both if you have one of the foregoing conditions. Because such end-of-life decisions are often difficult for family members to make on your behalf, we suggest using a living will to put your wishes in writing while you still have the ability to make the decisions for yourself. As with the will and power of attorney, the health care power of attorney will help reduce much of the stress and confusion for your family members because your intentions are clearly stated in a written document.