- who is comfortable dealing with doctors and other medical staff;
- who will be able to handle seeing you in a very ill state;
- who will speak for you, based on wishes you communicated earlier, and not simply state what they want; and
- who has the time to be at the hospital or long-term care facility.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Picking a Power of Attorney for Health Care
Every seminar that I conduct has a component devoted to discussing powers of attorney for health care. During the discussion, I encourage people to really think about who they name as their health care agent, and the back-up. Never go with someone out of a sense of obligation, rather, select the person who is right for the role. Who, in your circle of family and friends, is right? Here are a few points to consider: