Posted By Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. on October 31, 2012
Advance Directives (sometimes called a Living Will) are a set of instructions to your medical providers that alert them of your wishes and desires when you are unable to speak for yourself. The document specifically addresses your choices with respect to life support measures that you wish or do not wish to have administered if you are experiencing a serious medical emergency. These include such life-saving measures as CPR, artificial respiration, artificial means of nutrition/hydration and other procedures.
In Connecticut, a person over the age of 18 may execute Advance Directives and must appoint another person or persons over the age of 18 to serve as their Health Care Representative. That person will be responsible for communicating your medical wishes to your physicians when you are unable to do so yourself.
Your Advance Directives may also state that if your death is imminent, you wish to receive pain medication at a level that will keep you comfortable, even if such medication will hasten your death. Do not confuse this with assisted suicide, it is not. It simply means that you do not wish to suffer more than is necessary and you are requesting to be given ample pain medication to ease your suffering.
Your Advance Directives is a legal document that must be drafted and properly witnessed when you sign it. Speak to your lawyer to discuss Advance Directives. It’s important.
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