Why is planning for your care important?
People of all ages should make their medical wishes known with an advance directive. This includes planning for a time when you may need help, or want someone to follow your instructions when you may not be able to make decisions for yourself. For example, if you have an accident or become seriously ill.
You can make decisions before something happens about the types of treatment you want to receive, like the use of a ventilator, artificial nutrition, resuscitation, and more. It is a gift you give yourself and your loved ones that can help avoid confusion and indecision, and help you and others in your life know that the care you receive is exactly what you wanted.