Given this week’s topic about honoring choices in death, I thought I would take the opportunity to expand our personal glossaries by including a few words surrounding this topic.
a written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor.
the authority to act for another person in specified or all legal or financial matters.
a legal document giving power of attorney to someone.
health care agent: A health care agent is a person you choose in advance to make health care decisions for you in the event that you become unable to do so. … A health care agent also may be called a health care proxy or surrogate or an attorney-in-fact.
When preparing a will or advance directive, I feel it is important to know what exactly they are and what they entail, as well as understanding that there are other people you will have to involve in these decisions. Deciding who you want and what roles you want them to play in your choices are extremely important.