The health care power of attorney functions similarly to the durable power of attorney but it pertains to health care decisions instead of financial ones. This document grants your chosen representative the power to make health care decisions on your behalf.
The health care power of attorney document, particularly when combined with an advanced directive, will grant your chosen representative to express your preferred end of life choices, such as the decision to end life support or request a, “do not resuscitate” order with a hospital or nursing home.
This document could take effect immediately or when you lack capacity. Lacking capacity usually means that either you can't understand the nature and consequences of the health care choices that are available to you or you are unable to communicate your own wishes.
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