Make Your Decisions Official

The best way to ensure healthcare decisions will be honored during a medical emergency is to complete a living will. A living will is a legal written or verbal statement that instructs the medical treatment you do or do not want, if you are too hurt or sick to speak for yourself and unexpected to recover. You can revise or revoke your living will at any time.

With an individual or family My Life, My Choice consultation, our certified advance care planning professionals help guide in documenting your decisions in a written living will. We will also provide helpful insight as you choose a capable healthcare surrogate to speak on your behalf and carry out your wishes.

    For more information on Living Wills or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at (727) 467-7423.

    When should a living will be prepared?
    It should be prepared early as possible for everyone ages 18 and older.
    When does a living will take effect?

    Your living will takes effect when there is little or no chance of recovery and you can no longer communicate your medical care choices. Your requests to withhold treatments in your living will do not apply when there is reasonable chance of cure or improvement. In the state of Florida two physicians (your physician providing care and another consulting) must determine your condition will not improve before they can withhold or withdraw life-prolonging medical care or procedures.

    How do I share my living will?
    Your living will should be part of your medical record. It should be readily available to your doctors and other healthcare providers. It is important to include your healthcare surrogate and your loved ones in your planning and provide them with a copy of your living will. We recommend sharing your living will with anyone who would be at your bedside if you were ever very sick. Informing loved ones before a medical crisis can reduce conflict, stress and guilt.
    How often should a living will be revised?
    It is a good idea to review your living will every few years to make sure it remains current with your wishes. You may also want to check it after major life changes. Consider the five ā€œD’sā€ ā€“ a death, diagnosis, divorce, decline and a decade. It is wise to discuss your plan with your primary doctor every few years or whenever you have questions.
    What are the state laws for executing living wills?
    Click here to read the requirements.