Without a Health Care Proxy in place, if you’re in an accident and are unconscious, medical personnel will make your treatment choices for you, regardless of what your wishes are. When you name someone to be your Health Care Proxy (also known as Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions), you are authorizing the person you’ve named to speak on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself.
This section of the Kit details how to choose your Health Care Proxy, tells you who cannot be your Proxy, and gives you space to write down your decisions about the types of health care decisions you would like them to make on your behalf. State laws vary on what decisions a Health Care Proxy can make, but generally, they can agree to, refuse or withdraw treatment on your behalf. But only if you’ve filled out the legal form naming your Health Care Proxy and the decisions you would like them to make.