Powers of Attorney for Health Care
It is important that you have a durable power of attorney for health care. By this document, you appoint someone you trust to be your health care agent (sometimes called an attorney-in-fact for health care, health care proxy, or surrogate). This person will make any necessary health care decisions for you, if you are unable to do so (ie coma, dementia), and to see that doctors and other health care providers give you the type of care you wish to receive.
Who should you choose as your healthcare power of attorney agent?
Someone you trust. It's important that your agent acts on your behalf in accordance with your wishes. You'll likely want to sit down with your agent and spell out, verbally, what you'd like done in certain circumstances. This way, your agent will hear it directly from you and not be surprised when he or she is asked to make decisions on your behalf