Most people buy insurance to be prepared for the possibility of a car accident or a house fire. What about the possibility that you are unable to make decisions about your own medical care?
Planning ahead for a disability includes planning for the possibility that someone else may have to make those decisions for you.
This booklet describes what lawyers call "advance directives" – documents that name someone to act on your behalf, state your wishes about your medical or surgical treatment if you become terminally ill, and give your instructions about CPR and organ donation. These documents allow you to have some control in determining your future medical treatment and will give your family the comfort of knowing and honoring your wishes.