A living will, often called an Advance Health Care Directive, is a document which states your wishes for end-of-life medical care, in the event you are incapacitated and unable to speak yourself.
Years ago, most individuals died in their own homes. Today, there is greater chance of dying in a hospital or nursing home.
Expanding technology has increased the treatment choices we face, and improved public health has increased life expectancy. Decisions may have to be made concerning our care at a time we can no longer communicate our wishes.