The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care appoints someone to ensure that health care wishes are followed. Family members, even a spouse, have no legal right to order health care decisions unless appointed by the individual who is being cared for or by being appointed their Guardian by a court. The form can be completed by the caregiver and then needs to be signed with at least two witnesses who know the person who is being cared for or by a notary public.
Where to Keep This Form
Copies of the Durable Powers of Attorney should be given to the individual’s agent(s). Copies should also be kept in an envelope on the refrigerator or another location where the copies are easily accessible in case of an emergency. Your physicians should also be given copies of your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.