When it comes to your health care, it is never too early to create a Massachusetts advance directive regarding the medical options you prefer. According to the American Bar Association, you should carefully consider each aspect of the directive before you put your health care choices in writing.
Your priorities and concerns will affect the outcome of these considerations as you prepare your advance health care plan.
When thinking about the end of your life from the perspective of your personal values, reflect on what is most important to you. For example, how important is it for you to be alert and aware of what is going on around you? If you are willing to be sedated to any level in order to control pain, you may not be conscious enough to interact with the people who come to visit you in the hospital. Which of these is more important to you? This choice may determine how you spend the last week of your life.
Other end-of-life decisions involve where you want to be. You may need to choose between hospice care at home and a hospital, depending on whether you want palliative care or you prefer for the doctors to continue to seek an effective treatment for as long as possible.
All of these instructions for your health care proxy will not necessarily be legally binding. However, choosing a person you trust and communicating each element of your directive may put your mind at ease. Although this information is provided to help you plan ahead, it is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice.