Have you ever thought about the types of medical care you never want to receive and what kinds you’d gladly accept? This is a question that you should think about right now so that you can take steps to ensure that your wishes are complied with if you’re unable to convey them on your own in the future.
You can outline your wishes for this in your health care directives, but you might not be able to relay everything in the document. Because of this, you should decide who you want to name as your medical power of attorney.
The person you name as the medical power of attorney will make decisions for you if you’re unable to make them yourself. They work closely with your medical team on matters that aren’t covered in the health care directives. If something is noted in the health care directives, of course, then that document becomes the guiding force regarding your medical care.
It’s a good idea to discuss your wishes regarding your care with the person you name as your power of attorney so they have the information they need to make these decisions. Be sure that you consider the person you name carefully. You might be tempted to name a close family member, but you need to think about whether that person will be able to think clearly if you’re incapacitated.
It’s important to remember that the person won’t make decisions for you until you’re incapacitated. Even then, they have to make choices that are in your best interests. It can be difficult to make decisions in anticipation of a future crisis. An attorney can often help you sort out your options and make the best possible choice.