Maybe you would be comfortable with the idea of non-invasive assistance such as a CPAP machine to aid you in breathing but feel just the opposite about invasive measures such as a ventilator machine that necessitates the placement of a tube inside your trachea, either through the mouth, the nose, or an incision made in the throat. How do you feel about organ or tissue donation? Those are the kinds of considerations you need to make while you are in sound mental health.
Advance directives give you control of your life right up until your last breath. They can even specify who you want present at your bedside and who you do not. How do you feel about religion, for example? Do you want a relative or some other designated person implementing some sort of religious procedure if you get to a certain point in your life? All of those types of things should be clearly delineated well before you reach the time you really need them.
In short, an advance directive is something we all need to consider. It is something we need to consider before times ever begin to become difficult and stressed. Unfortunately, every state has different terminology and different forms that comprise an advance directive. Most hospitals ask if you have an advance directive in place when you sign in. If not, you can usually complete one right then. You may, however, be more comfortable having this important document completed
well before the time of a hospital admission. You can download the specific forms you need for your state online through AARP and various other websites, but it is wise to talk to your healthcare provider and/or your attorney and let them tell you more about why we all need to consider this basic legal provision and what must be done to fulfill it.