Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Power of Attorney For Health Care

We are coming into the peak of hurricane season. Hurricane Irene has just hit the West Coast causing major damage in states from North Carolina all the way to New England. If you have a member of your family who has a medical condition and may have to be evacuated in the case of a natural disaster such as a hurricane you might want to have a medical power of attorney included in your hurricane kit.

If some reason a member of your family had to be evacuated to a hospital because of injuries and they are not able to make decisions about their health care or their treatment a medical power of attorney would authorize a to do it for them.

Many hospitals already have this form on file and you should use there's whenever possible. But during emergency it would also be to your benefit to have one already made up in your hurricane kit just in case. Your power of attorney should state in all matters relating to my healthcare without limitation full power to refuse or consent to all medical procedures related to your health care to the designated person. So take preventive measures now so you will not regret it later.

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