Living wills can act as a buffer against unwanted medical procedures that could cause pain to family members and friends. Individuals who are worried about the type of treatment that they will receive towards the end of their life may want to consider a healthcare directive.
A Robbinsville, New Jersey woman has requested that her living will be followed by the medical staff at the hospital in which she is residing, according to The Times of Trenton.
Dorothy Bleistein drafted the document in order to help her limit the amount of pain and money that is associated with the procedures that are performed in many similar situations, the news source reported.
The 91-year-old senior who used to participate in exercise classes and hula dancing lessons does not wish to be operated on, as she has expressed a desire to avoid any more pain. Bleistein has been in and out of three hospitals over the past several years, experiences that she would prefer to avoid, according to the new source.
Although typically drafted when a person is of an older age, living wills can be created at any point during the life of an individual, according to the Mayo Clinic.