Power of Attorney for Health Care

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The healthcare power of attorney allows people who become unable to make their own decisions to exercise their beliefs and wishes regarding medical procedures. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about medical power of attorney in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A medical power of attorney directive names someone that you trust to act as your agent in decisions about your health care if you are unable to speak for yourself.

You should only assign someone power of attorney to make your medical decisions if you have someone you trust to carry out your wishes.

In choosing, consider the following characteristics:

Someone who is not intimidated by medical professionals and is willing to ask challenging questions

Someone who can put aside their own feelings about a particular procedure or medical option in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out, and

Someone who understands your wishes about medical options and end-of-life care

Once you choose a medical power of attorney, discuss possible situations that might occur, and how you would want them handled.

Although you cannot anticipate every possibility, the more you talk with this person about your wishes in general, the better they will understand your overall desires about care at the end of your life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.