Healthcare Decisions

Caregivers often need to make decisions on behalf of their family members. Therefore, it’s often easier to appoint them as a power of attorney. A general power of attorney makes decisions regarding money and property matters. A medical power of attorney makes medical decisions regarding the type of care to be received. Knowing the power of attorney, you need is important, but equally so is knowing your family member’s wishes regarding end-of-life decisions. Encourage them to make a will and let you know if they prefer hospice care or want all efforts to preserve their life to continue.

Understanding Legal Terms Related to Medical Decisions

Understanding Legal Terms Related to Medical Decisions   What is a Power of Attorney (POA)? A “Power of Attorney” (POA) means that you have designated someone to act as your agent if you cannot make decisions for yourself. Usually, a written legal document spells out the agent’s decision-making authority. Most general POAs allow agents to …

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Determining Who Has Authority

The Care Recipient Always Has Final Decision Making Authority Provided  Competency Is Present            Determining who has authority and the right to final decision-making is often unclear. The person receiving care always maintains final decision-making authority over his care, as long as he remains competent. However, other family members may want …

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