A Health Care Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to designate an adult to act as your agent to make health care decisions for you should you be unable to do so. You can also express your wishes regarding whether to receive life-sustaining procedures should you be terminally ill or in a permanently unconscious state and any additional instructions or wishes regarding medical treatment.
A Living Will is a document that allows you to express your wish to have no life-sustaining treatment administered, to have such treatment withdrawn if already administered, and to permit you to die naturally should you be in a permanently unconscious state or terminally ill.
Both these documents only become effective when you no longer have the capacity to give medical direction to health care providers. Hence, neither document gives up any of your decision making authority. Moreover, you can revoke or change either document at any time.
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To discuss the purpose and use of a Health Care Power of Attorney and/or Living Will, contact The Perla Law Firm in Cleveland, Ohio.