Living Wills

Find news stories that cover health care directives, including living wills and other end-of-life documents.

Jan 28, 2011

A living will can help caregivers and family members of ailing individuals avoid difficult decisions regarding whether or not to use a feeding tube, according to the New York Times.

Jean Minarick told the source about her parallel experiences caring for her father, who passed away last spring, and her beloved uncle Lawrence, who is currently suffering from dementia and is living in a nursing home in Virginia.

Her father had written a living will stating that he did not want a feeding tube, which made Minarick's decision to forgo the nutritional device easier when her fath

Jan 18, 2011

A new report indicates that many laws create roadblocks to practical use of advance care directives like living wills, according to Reuters Health.

One of the ways in which state laws impede the process of crafting a living will stems from the advanced technical language used in necessary documents.

Jan 7, 2011

The Obama administration has removed references to end-of-life planning, which can be used to create living wills, from recent changes made to the Medicare program, reports The Associated Press.

The proposed rule change would have allowed doctors to discuss end-of-life planning, advance medical directives and living wills with their patients during annual checkups funded by Medicare, the federal program that provides healthcare to the elderly.

According to the source, an administration official attributed the change in course to the feeling that not all sides had been given a

Dec 28, 2010

A new Medicare regulation set to come into effect on January 1, 2011 will cover voluntary discussions of end-of-life treatment during patients' annual visits to doctors, allowing them to plan out advance directives they can incorporate into their living wills, reports the New York Times.

The new regulation permits doctors to discuss how aggressively patients would like to be treated if they are no longer able to make their own healthcare decisions.

"Advance care planning improves end-of-life care and patient and family satisfaction and reduces stress, anxiety and dep

Dec 16, 2010

A growing number of families dealing with difficult end-of-life issues are turning to mediators to help settle disputes over living wills, estates and other problems, reports the Washington Post.

One elder care mediator told the source of intense family feuds stemming from arguments over the state of older relatives.