When you are not able to communicate, the Doctors are not able to decide what to do for you. If family members disagree with each other; or they disagree with the doctors, they may need to go to court to obtain authority to direct medical care. That is why it is important to complete your advance directive – a living will and POAs; otherwise, doctors and relatives make critical decisions for you that might not be based on your wishes.
Decisions about medical care are deeply personal, and are based on your values and beliefs. Talking with your loved ones, your healthcare providers, and even your friends are all important steps to make your wishes known. These conversations will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want if you are ever facing a healthcare or medical crisis.