Health care directive
A health care directive, also known as a living will, directs any doctors, surgeons, or physicians on what medical treatments one does or does not want if they become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make such decisions. Often these directives state at what point an individual would like to cease receiving life extending measures. Any adult 18 or older should have a directive in place to inform doctors and their family of their wishes should they be unable to make such critical decisions.
One of the most important aspects of a health care directive is that it relieves your family from having to make the burdensome decision on whether to provide life extending treatment in cases where a return to a fulfilling life is impossible. The health care directive usually directs doctors to halt life extending treatment if one is in a permanent debilitated or incapacitated state where there is no chance of recovery.