A durable power of attorney for health care (which is also sometimes called a "health care proxy
") empowers another person to make medical decisions about your care in the event you become unable to make these decisions for yourself.
ISSUE: Does a health care proxy
authorize an agent to commit a patient to a Mental Hospital?
Some states refer to this document as a "designation of health care surrogate," a "health care proxy
" or a "special power of attorney." As with the living will, each state's form will vary, with some providing great detail and others providing only the basics.
Why did the physicians insist on keeping her on life-support despite their knowledge of her well-thought-out opinions, this obvious "quitting" attempt, and the requests of my mother (who was her health care proxy
) to end her suffering?
However, I must note that there are two basic forms of advance directive: the durable power of attorney, or health care proxy
, where the patient names another person to make decisions about treatment in the event of incompetence; and the living will, where the patient makes advance decisions about particular treatments they want or do not want.
The health care proxy
preserves your right to self-determination.
and relating to the provision of such care when the individual is incapacitated." There are three general types of legal instruments currently available that meet the Act's definition: living will; durable power of attorney/health care proxy
; and advance care medical directive.
For example, New York's health care proxy
law does permit it, but makes special provisions for formulation of advance directives by residents of mental hygiene facilities.
If the loss of a spouse creates the need for a child to be your power of attorney or the person listed on your health care proxy
, inform all of your children the reason behind your selection process when deciding which child gets which job.
As a business owner it is even more important for you to have a will, health care proxy
and financial power of attorney so your business can continue to operate if something happens to you.
"It's helpful to have a list of different potential interventions for that family member to take, such as getting a health care proxy
or engaging a care manager."
You will need to choose a health care proxy
, a person who will make health care decisions for you in the event you cannot do so.