In a Health Care Proxy, you designate a person to make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated and cannot make those decisions yourself. The document also allows the person you appoint to be with you in the Intensive Care Unit and to obtain your medical records, which they could not otherwise access due to federal HIPAA laws. In this document, you may also repeat the wishes you voiced in your Living Will regarding life prolonging medical treatment, tissue/organ donation, and hospice.
If you cannot make medical decisions yourself, you deserve to have someone you know and trust, rather than a stranger, make the decisions for you. If you do not have a Health Care Proxy or would like to change your Health Care Proxy, contact Latham Healthcare Proxies attorneys today.