When you are injured or ill, who do you want to have there to take care of you? Who would you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf?
If you can’t make decisions for yourself, you’re going to want to have a health care proxy in place. A health care proxy, which is also known as a health care directive, allows someone you know and trust to make health care decisions on your behalf. The hope is that they will do what you would have done given the same information and opportunity to decide for yourself.
How can you choose a health care proxy? Here are three tips to help you make that choice.
Talk to your loved ones to find out if anyone would want to take on that role
The first step is to talk to your loved ones and to see if anyone would be confident as a health care proxy. For example, if you want either one of your children or a sibling to be your proxy, ask them if they will do it. If they want to, then keep them as a possibility.
Look for someone who thinks like you
The next thing to do is to find someone to be your proxy who thinks the way you do. You want someone who will listen to your wishes and consider what you would have wanted. At the very least, select someone who is willing to make hard decisions that they may not agree with.
Consider the possible proxy’s medical background
Finally, think about finding a health care proxy with a medical background if possible. They will have more experience in emergencies and medical settings, so they may have a better understanding of the options in different situations.
Working through your estate plans, including the selection of a health care proxy and powers of attorney can be much easier with experienced assistance. Speak to an attorney as soon as you’re ready.