There are certain choices that must be made when you are preparing for the eventualities of aging. It is not the most pleasant thing in the world to consider, but a time could come when you cannot communicate your own health care decisions.
You can put an agent in place to make these decisions for you if you were to become incapacitated by executing a durable power of attorney for health care. These legal instruments are alternately called health care proxies in some areas.
Because the POA is “durable” it will remain active and fully in effect upon the incapacitation of person who created the device.
There are certain traits to look for when you’re choosing your health care agent, and we would like to highlight a few of them.
Familiarity With Your Thinking
The agent should make decisions that would be consistent with your own choices if you were capable of communicating them. For this reason your representative should be familiar with your thinking.
You can make a point of discussing your perspective on health care choices with your agent to help this along.
Firm & Decisive
Your agent may be placed into a difficult situation, so you have to select someone who is firm and decisive in the face of pressure. Some of the pressure will be naturally present due to the nature the circumstances. In addition to this, family members who have differing opinions could make the situation even more stressful.
Because of the fact that the agent may have to respond to a midnight phone call you should try to choose someone who is local to you.