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What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney?

Healthcare power of attorney (POA) documents are used to designate a specific person or persons to make medical choices on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This document, sometimes called a medical power of attorney, helps ensure that health care options are in line with your wishes and in your best interest.

When to Use:

  1. You want to appoint an Agent to carry out your wishes regarding healthcare.
  2. Your health may be at risk due to an upcoming surgery or procedure.
  3. You are aging or have declining health.
  4. You may wish to appoint someone to make health decisions on your behalf and fulfill your wishes in case of illness.

Other Names for This Document:

  1. Healthcare proxy
  2. Healthcare surrogate
  3. Medical Power of Attorney