A power of attorney for health care (HCPOA) lets someone choose another person (the Agent) to make health care decisions for them when they are unable to make decisions and communicate about their own care. The Agent must make decisions in accordance with any instructions given by the individual and wishes they have made known while competent and must consider the individual’s personal values. An individual can limit the kinds of decisions an Agent can make. If no limits are placed, the Agent will have the authority to make any and all health care decisions including: consenting or withholding consent to any care and treatment; choosing a physician; moving the person to an institution such as a nursing home; and deciding whether the person should be kept alive by artificial means if they are terminally ill.
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