The Ultimate Living Will Quiz
You've heard of a last will and testament, but is that the same as a living will? What is the purpose of a living will? Should you have one? Test your knowledge by taking this important quiz.
Should you make a living will based on your age, state of health or neither?
- based on your age
- based on your health
- neither; do it regardless
What is the difference between a living will and an advance directive?
- They are exactly the same as one another.
- An advance directive is one type of living will.
- A living will is one type of advance directive.
Ethically speaking, are medical staff required to prolong life?
- Yes, unless there is a living will or advance directive to the contrary.
- No, they are required to give quality of life.
- No, they are required to avoid resuscitating.
In a hospice setting, whose wishes are taken into account with the writing of a living will?
- the hospice staff's
- the family's
- the patient's
How does a living will assist the family or friends of the patient?
- They don't have to second-guess his or her wishes.
- They become the beneficiaries of his or her will.
- They are empowered to make decisions instead of the patient.
What kind of wishes might a living will contain?
- dream vacation wishes
- birthday wishes
- what procedures the patient wants or doesn't want to be performed
What is the legal term applied to the person you entrust to execute your living will?
- health care proxy
- medical care professional
- health care advisor
Your health-care proxy appears to disagree with your wishes. Does that make him or her unsuitable for the task?
- No, because it's okay to let the proxy make the final decision when the time comes.
- Yes. Find someone else who agrees with what you've requested.
- No, as long as the proxy is willing to follow your wishes, regardless of his or her opinion.
In carrying out their duties, health care proxies:
- should be sensible, sensitive to the needs of all the loved ones and supportive of the patient
- will have to speak to medical staff, weigh up treatment options and make decisions based on the advance directive
- will need a good command of medical matters and a good eye for detail
In most U.S. states, the advance directive is legally valid if the person is of sound mind and over the age of:
You give a DNR order in case the worst happens. What does this mean?
- Don't Nullify Requirements.
- Do Not Resuscitate.
- Data Network Routing required.
If you want to draw up a living will, do you need the services of a lawyer?
- depends on your state of residence
- not necessarily
You are interested in seeing a sample living will, but you don't know anyone who has one. Where can you find one?
- in the newspaper
- at any taxation office
Who needs a copy of your living will for safekeeping?
- your lawyer and you
- your health care proxy and you
- your doctor, possibly the hospice or hospital, and you (assuming that your health care proxy can access it)
Why is it useful to have an online living will registry?
- because you can compare yours online with other people's living wills
- because you can file your advance directive with the state health department
- because it saves having to write up a living will on paper
Some people recommend writing an additional document for your family members aside from the living will. Why?
- to show that your decisions were made while you were of sound mind
- as a backup in case the living will gets lost
- to offer an alternative plan if they are unable to carry out your first preference
What is the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging recommendation regarding reassessing a living will?
- Reassessment is recommended every five to 10 years.
- Reassessment should be based on significant life changes.
- Reassessment is a highly subjective decision and should be made according to personal preference.
You have recently learned more about the benefits of hospice care. How might this affect your living will?
- You might want to scrap it altogether.
- You may want to have new witnesses witness you signing it for confirmation.
- You may be inclined to reassess it and change your advance directives.
How much of a role should a doctor play in the drawing up of a living will?
- a key role, since he can help you understand your condition, treatment options and medical possibilities
- not much, because he is too subjective and biased
- not much; the family and health care proxy play the biggest roles
What is meant by hospice care?
- care in a hospital-type environment
- palliative care
- end-of-life care