The value of living wills and other end-of-life documents was the main topic of discussion at the recent "Issues Affecting the Elderly" conference held in Kentucky, reports the Richmond Register.
According to the news source, financial adviser Ron House, one of the speakers at the event, explained that living wills can be completed without the assistance of an attorney.
He said that living wills are critical because they help physicians and family members to decide what they want to happen to them later in life. Such a document is particularly important because approximately one million people in the U.S. are living through the assistance of a feeding tube and cannot make the decisions themselves.
House explained that Kentucky state law requires both nursing homes and hospitals to discuss advance care directives including living wills with patients when they are admitted, according to the news source.
A living will is also valuable because it can help one's family avoid a difficult battle when they are reeling from the death of a loved one.