My father recently told me that he has designated me to be his power of attorney for health care. What does this entail?

My elderly father recently told me that he has designated me to be his power of attorney for health care. What exactly does that mean?

 


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Your father is no doubt thinking ahead to a time when he may not be able to direct his own medical care because of an illness, and he is trusting you to carry out his wishes if he is unable to do so.

There are two types of documents typically used to set out one's wishes for medical care:  a living will, and a durable power of attorney for health care.  It's a good idea to prepare both, and you will need to ask your father if he has executed one or both of these documents.  Living wills basically spell out the maker's health care preferences; durable power of attorney for health care documents appoint someone  as a “health care agent” to make sure that medical providers give the care desired.  For more information, speak with an elder law attorney regarding your responsibilities.

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