Medical Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney

Preparing Medical Power of Attorney before you are unable to make important health care decisions for yourself will help ensure your wishes are known. In the event you become unable to make decisions regarding health care, you may designate a person you trust with this authority. The Medical Power of Attorney is a document that gives the person you name as your agent the authority to make all health care decisions for you in accordance with your wishes. The Medical Power of Attorney authorizes your agent to consent, refuse to consent, or withdraw consent to medical treatment, and make decisions about withdrawing or withholding life sustaining treatment when your doctor certifies that you lack the capacity to make health care decisions.

Your agent’s authority begins when your doctor certifies that you lack the competence to make health care decisions, and your agent is obligated to follow your instructions when making decisions on your behalf. In other words, your agent has the same authority to make decisions about your health care as you would have had. It is important that you discuss this document with your physician or other health care provider before you sign it to ensure that you understand the nature and range of decisions that may be made on your behalf.

Benefits Counselors at TCOG’s Area Agency on Aging are certified to prepare Advance Directives. This service is provided at no cost to residents of Texoma who are age 60 and over, or who are under sixty and have Medicare. For more information, please call Janet: 903-813-3581.