No matter how much you plan for your future, you can’t know everything you may face and how you are going to deal with it. You may become ill or injured that may leave you incompetent. When this happens, you can not make a decision on your own behalf, so you’re forced to leave your health care in the palm of someone else’s hand. Your loved ones will do their best to make medical decisions for you but there is still a chance they could make a decision you would have disagreed too. By appointing a health care agent, you can undergo the medical treatment you wish to receive if you were to become incompetent.
What Is a Health Care Agent?
A health care agent is someone you choose to make medical decisions for you if you were to become unable to do so. For example, if you were to become too sick or too injured to communicate with others, your health care agent would make medical decisions on your behalf. You do not need to be an elder or terminally ill to begin thinking about naming a health care agent because a serious accident can happen at any time throughout your life. Your health care agent can ensure you get medical treatment that goes along with your values and beliefs.
You do not need to be an elder or terminally ill to begin thinking about naming a health care agent because a serious accident can happen at any time throughout your life.
What Are Health Care Agent Responsibilities?
Your health care agent may only make medical treatment decisions for you. They can’t make decisions on money or other legal issues. When you can’t make decisions for yourself, your health care agent will talk to your doctors and nurses about your wishes so they are taken into consideration when planning your treatment. Your agent will help ensure doctors follow your living will, but if you don’t have one, he or she will try and make decisions that you would make for yourself. This is why it’s important to discuss your thoughts about quality of life with your agent so they know what makes life worth living for you. It’s also a good idea to make sure your health care agent agrees to take on the responsibility so you get the medical care you wish for.
When you can’t make decisions for yourself, your health care agent will talk to your doctors and nurses about your wishes so they are taken into consideration when planning your treatment.
How to Designate a Health Care Agent
Choosing a health care agent is important to ensure your wishes for your health care will be respected when your not able to speak for yourself. You want to make sure you choose someone who knows you very well and you could trust to be your agent. You can choose a secondary health care agent just in case your first choice is not able to show up. Make sure your agent knows and understands all your values, beliefs, and wishes so you get the proper care. It’s impossible to discuss every worst-case scenario that may arise but the more your healthcare knows about your preferences and what’s important to you, your agent will be better able to make decisions on your behalf.
Every state has a document where you can appoint a health care agent. If you need help finding this form, Platinum Paralegals is here to help. They can also help you involve your health care agent with your living will so your agent fully understands your wishes. Call Platinum Paralegals™ at: (818) 839-6879 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.