In an ideal world, you would always be able to make all of your own health care decisions. However, in the real world, it is possible that there will be a time when you can not. You might be under amnesia. You might have Alzheimer’s. You might have had an accident and cannot communicate. Unfortunately, during these times. doctors might need to ask someone to make a decision about your care. Because you will not be able to answer the questions, you should have someone else ready to do so.
You can decide who will make decisions about your care when you are not able to do so by getting a Health Care Power of Attorney. In this document, you appoint someone now who is ready to step in and make your decisions for you. However, the document is just a piece of paper. It does not do you any good unless you tell the person your are appointing what you want them to say to doctors. Your Health Care Power of Attorney should know what to do in different scenarios. For that to happen you need to talk to him or her and tell them.
Get a Health Care Power of Attorney, but don’t stop there. Talk to the person you appoint.