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Understanding Idaho's Living Will
A Living Will, sometimes called an Advanced Medical Directive, is a legal document that allows you to state your wishes for the type of end of life care you want if you become so ill or incapacitated that you are no longer able to communicate with your doctor. The Living Will spares your loved ones the burden of trying to guess your wishes, helps avoid conflict among family members advocating different levels of treatment, and protects you from receiving more medical care than you want.
In Idaho, the Living Will comes into effect if (1) you are unable to communicate and (2) a doctor certifies that:
The election you make is entirely up to you. It is a personal decision and there is no “right” or “wrong” choice. And, importantly, you can always change your election if you decide you want to make a different choice.
If you’d like more information on making these decisions, there are several resources available on the web. A few of these resources include:
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