A health care power of attorney (HCPA) is a legal document that allows one person to empower another person to make decisions about their health care. A health care power of attorney refers to both a legal document and a specific person with legal authority. Many adults have been dissuaded from planning health decisions because of confusing and intimidating legal jargon. A guide for patients and family members to making decisions about health care when someone is incapacitated: NROs, health care representatives, and other protections.
When you sign as a power of attorney for someone, you should be aware that you are legally signing on their behalf. Research over the past 30 years has shown that instructions on end-of-life treatment options, provided by relatively healthy adults long before they face a serious illness, are often outdated and too vague to be indicative when it is necessary to take difficult decisions. This page provides the necessary documentation to detail the health preferences and directives of the health care director through the buttons below the image. On this page you will find the form you need to prepare a power of attorney and the instructions for that form.
Only another nationally distributed advance health care directive has sought to comply with legal requirements in all or most states. The development of the brochure and the form was made possible by grants from the Archstone Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation. The Law and Aging Commission has published a brochure offering a simple and durable power of attorney for health care, designed to comply with legal requirements in almost every state. This resource has a health care proxy form and many answers to questions you may have about choosing a health care representative.
The Five Wishes Advance Directive, produced by Aging with Dignity, is designed to provide broad guidance on a wide range of personal and end-of-life health issues. Choosing your agent is an important decision, and you need to think carefully about who you want to take this responsibility. The New York Medical Power of Attorney, also legally known as a “health care representative” document, grants the patient the right to a designated agent in the event of an illness that incapacitates him or her. The Director may indicate any limitations he wishes to impose on the authority of his agent with respect to his or her medical care.
To be more specific, this law allows the appointment of a health care agent who will be responsible for making health decisions on behalf of the person if that person does not have the capacity to make decisions themselves.