Many documents fall under the category of an advanced directive. One of the most common legal documents is called “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care” and works to:
- Review a person’s personal preferences for medical care in the future.
- Authorize another person to make medical decisions for a person, should they themselves be unable.
- Assign a legal authority in making medical decisions while honoring the spoken word of the family.
- Define what care should be administered or withheld by health care professionals, no matter which medical facility the patient finds themselves in.