The Louisiana living will – also known as the Louisiana Declaration – makes it possible for you to assert your wishes about medical treatment in the ill-fated event that you become irreversibly comatose or terminally sick and can no longer participate in the making of your own health care decisions.
This legal document only becomes effective once the continual application of life support measures have been proven to merely put off an imminent death.
Of course, your attending physician and another doctor must first make a fitting diagnosis about your medical condition. On top of that, they must officially state in writing that your current health status is indeed beyond any possibility of recovery.
The declaration also lets you assign another person to act as your health care advocate. He or she will make the necessary decisions with regard to treatment in case your medical condition forbids you from deciding for your own care or expressing your wishes.
In Louisiana, the State Secretary is obliged to set up a Declaration registry where citizens may enlist the original and certified true copy of their living wills. Doctors and other pertinent members of the health care facility may, but is not expected to, ask for a verification of document authenticity from the registry of Louisiana living wills.
Things You Should Do After Filling Out The Forms
1) Store the original copy of your Louisiana living will in a secure yet accessible location. Steer clear of security boxes (i.e. safe deposit box) since gaining access to the document might become a problem in the future.