A legal document that allows an individual to designate another person, in their absence or inability for whatever reason (illness), who has the power and right on behalf of them with regard to healthcare decisions.
You are well within your rights to tell your physician the type of medical treatment you want for yourself. This means that if you have a special wish regarding your healthcare, you can apply for a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.
This legal document will ensure that all your wishes are respected, even if you’re not in the right mental or physical state to communicate your wishes to your doctor.
In cases where you do not have specific wishes regarding your healthcare, the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care will ensure that a relative friend or someone you trust can make decisions on your behalf.
See also: Directive To Physician« Back to Glossary Index