You’ve just accepted the best of all dream jobs, but it’s requiring you to move to another country. The relocation service is a good one; their checklist list is detailed with umpteen items you must attend to posthaste.
Are you forgetting anything?
The euphoria fades a bit when you realize you must update that one, all-important document: your will. You’ve been putting this off for sometime now, but you’ll do it right this time and include a healthcare directive—it’s often referred to as a living will (LW).
What makes up the living will
Not to confuse things, but it is also referred to as an advanced healthcare directive. Since you are going to be far from home and the people you know, you want to make sure your end-of-life wishes are taken care of…just in case.
Specifically, you’ll have to appoint someone to carry out your written wishes when, or if, you are unable to—usually that’s when your case is deemed terminal by the doctor.
At that point, the medical team, for instance, will know if you want any heroic steps taken to preserve your life: breathing machines, resuscitation, or an organ transplant may be categories you’ll address in the directive.
What’s this about "durable power of attorney"?
It’s really the second part of most any healthcare directive; you state who you want to act in your behalf if you are mental impaired or terminally ill. Often times, this agent is a friend, family member or spouse.
What if I dont have a healthcare directive?
You don’t need one and you will still receive medical treatment without the document. It’s just another step to make sure your wishes are carried out…gives a lot of peace-of-mind to you and those around you.