Medical Power of Attorney types

If you decide to choose a medical power of attorney, here are some things to look for:

  1. Those who are not afraid of health workers and ready to ask the tough questions
  2. Someone who can put aside their own feelings about a particular procedure or medical option in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out
  3. Someone who understands your wishes about medical options and in end of life care

You can also think of an alternative proxy, if your first choice is unable to perform the job.

Once you choose a medical power of attorney, to continue to talk to him or her on a regular basis about the possible situations that may arise, and how you want them processed. Although you can not anticipate all the possibilities, the more you talk to this person about your wishes as a whole, the better they will understand your overall desire to withdraw at the end of his life.

Here are some features you can discuss:

  1. How do you feel about being fed or hydrated through a tube?
  2. Would you like to receive certain treatments, such as antibiotics, tube feeding or mechanical ventilation during the probationary period and to stop them if some time has passed with no improvement?
  3. How aggressive you want your doctor to be on the use of the CPT must stop your heart?
  4. What are you most afraid of on the procedure, you can get?
  5. What are you afraid might happen if you can not make their own decisions?
  6. Are there circumstances under which you would like more aggressive measures taken to maintain your life, and the other, under which you would not?

Living Will

If you are writing a living will, medical power of attorney, select, or both, you'll need to make these decisions are legally binding, in writing. There are state-specific forms for advance directives, as these; You do not need a lawyer to prepare them.

You can download the necessary forms. The shape of each state is different, so be sure to use the correct form for your state. You usually need to have your form witnessed and / or notarized, so carefully review the requirements for your state.

Once you have completed an advance directive, you should make sure that everyone involved in your care has a copy and knows about it: your doctor, hospital, hospice or your team of palliative care, important family members and your lawyer, if you have one