The Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, New York, is reportedly advising people to create a living will if they have not already, North Country Now reports.
According to the news provider, a living will, which is also referred to as a "healthcare treatment directive," indicates the type of medical treatment a person would like to receive at the end of his or her life.
The living will deals with a number of issues including breathing machines, feeding tubes, IV fluids, oxygen and even medicines that should or should not be utilized by healthcare professionals.
Additionally, the living will needs to be signed in front of a witness, who cannot be a relative, heir or creditor to the person's estate or doctor, according to the news provider. The medical center advises people to create the living will while healthy, rather than when one becomes ill and is in the hospital.
Finally, it is important to make sure that one's living will is properly updated and maintained in order to completely and thoroughly reflect a person's end-of-life desires.