Texas elderly now providing end-of-life directives, wills

Recent events in the medical community indicate that people are beginning to view passing into the afterlife with considerably less distaste than in previous years. Such trends are evident in Texas as well as across the nation.

The number of elderly individuals who have drawn up a will in the last few years has almost doubled. These trends have not had an effect on hospitalization in the past.

Documentation regarding end-of-life care may be considered a way to allow that a person’s final wishes are respected. It also indicates an increasing desire for an individual to discuss his or her passing with family and loved ones.

One case that made headlines in Texas was the widely-discussed case of a pregnant woman who was brain-dead, but had to be kept on life support due to conflicting opinions over how to interpret state law. The court finally ruled to respect the family’s wishes to disconnect her from the ventilator.

While medical personnel is encouraged to discuss end-of-life directives with their patients, there continues to be little effect on the hospitalization of the patient or possibility they will die at their homes. On the other hand, many physicians are of the opinion that it is critical to consider family dynamics and cultural factors before having this type of discussion.

An advanced directive, as well as a living will, allows you to communicate your wishes as to how you envision your future medical care. In the event you cannot effectively manage your estate planning or your final wishes in the state of Texas, you may issue a physician directive, power of attorney, or other provisions that enable you to involve professional assistance in making your wishes known. It is to your advantage to consult with an entity that can walk you through the process of clearly communicating your final wishes, so as to make sure you pass to your final resting place with peace of mind.

Source:News Medical, “Study: A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments” No author given, Apr. 03, 2014