Making health care decisions for someone else
Want to give someone the power to make decisions about your health care?
If you can decide this for yourself (are mentally competent), here is what to do:
You can sign a paper to name a health care agent. A health care agent is also called a “Power of Attorney for Health Care.” This paper says who will decide if you can’t. You can also make a Living Will/Advance Care Plan at the same time. This will say what kind of care you want.
What if you are no longer able to give someone the power (not mentally competent)? Then:
- Your doctor can sign a paper naming someone as your Health Care Surrogate. OR
- A court can name someone to be your conservator of the person. This lets them make your health care decisions.
You can find out more by reading our brochures. Click one of the buttons below:
This tells you how to name someone to be your health care agent. This is also called a durable power of attorney for health care. The booklet also has the paper to make a Living Will. This tells your health care agent what kind of care you want.
Your doctor can name someone to be your Health Care Surrogate.
A court can name someone to be your conservator of the person.
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