Someday, you may become mentally or physically unable to make your own medical decisions. If you become incapacitated in this matter, it is helpful if you have already given someone the legal authority to act on your behalf. This person is your health care proxy.
The choice of your health care proxy is up to you. However, there are certain questions you should ask yourself when choosing a proxy.
Is the person willing to do the job?
Acting as someone’s health care proxy is a big responsibility. Not everyone feels comfortable accepting it. Therefore, you should never make your choice without discussing it with the individual first.
Is the person trustworthy?
Your health care proxy should be someone whom you can count on to follow through and keep his or her word. As a proxy, the individual may literally have to make life-or-death decisions on your behalf. You need to be sure that the person you choose will put your interests first.
Is the person physically and mentally able to do the job?
While it is important to name a health care proxy early on, there is always a chance that the individual you choose may no longer have the ability by the time there is a need. You might want to think about choosing someone younger than you or naming an alternate proxy in case your first choice is not able to do the job.
Most of all, choose the person you think is most suited to the task rather than someone who wants it but may not be responsible enough. Whatever your choice, now is the time to choose your proxy – don’t wait. Call me for a free 15-minute consultation.