How to Make a Living Will


A living will form is not like your basic last will and testament. It does not deal with how your property will be distributed amongst your loved ones or who will be your children’s guardian. It is a document that defines the kind of healthcare you would wish to receive if you ever become incapacitated and are unable to speak for yourself. It is sometimes referred to as an advance directive.

How to make a living will

A living will should clearly state your wishes regarding the type of medical care you would want to receive if you ever become terminally ill or incapacitated. In most cases, it is highly important that you leave clear instructions on the kind of care you should or should not receive. For instance, you can leave instructions that that you be placed or not placed on a ventilator machine. Some people also include a do-not resuscitate clause in their living will.

The following is some of the other information you will be required to provide in a living will:

Life-prolonging medical care

These kinds of treatments usually include CPR, blood transfusion, diagnostic tests, respiratory machines, surgery, dialysis and administration of drugs.

Food and water

Some patients who are terminally ill or permanently unconscious can live for quite a long time if they are provided with food and water using intravenous means. However, it all depends on whether or not you want it.

Palliative care

Palliative care is the kind of care provided to reduce the pain if an individual chooses to decline life-prolonging treatments.

A living will form is a very important document because it determines the type medical care you will receive if you ever become incapacitated. If you have any special requests, you should write them down in your will and testament before it’s too late. It will help to ensure that all your wishes are respected.