One of the first steps in completing a medical Power of Attorney living will form is to choose at least one person to act as your Health Care Agent. This person will work with your health care provider to make sure your wishes are carried out through a living will in the event you are unable to communicate your own decisions.
Your Health Care Agent(s) will need to know your thoughts and wishes about the kind of medical care you would or would not want. This is not always easy to talk about, and you may not be sure which topics should be discussed. The following checklist covers a variety of advance care planning topics you may wish to discuss with your Health Care Agent to help you create a living will.
Talk about your wishes concerning the use of the following medical treatments if you were severely ill or injured, suddenly needed hospice or palliative care, or were unable to make health care decisions for yourself:
Talk about your wishes concerning procedures after your death, and be sure to include these topics in your medical Power of Attorney:
Talk about your thoughts and concerns with involving others in your care:
Share any thoughts or concerns you’d like your Health Care Agent to know about, such as:
The information presented is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider. Contact your health care provider if you believe you have a health problem.