There are many reasons why we encourage people to complete a power of attorney for health care. One of them is that it allows you to appoint someone who you want to make healthcare decisions for you in case you are not able to make them for yourself. Power of Attorney for Health Care comes into play only when it has been activated by two physicians. So,
when you complete the document, it doesn’t mean anything until that time. So,
no one has the right to make decisions for you while you are still able to make
them for yourself. Without the advanced directive, no one can make decisions for you. Wisconsin is not a next-of-kin state so there isn’t a spouse or a parent, if
you’re an adult, able to make decisions for you that occurs automatically. It’s only when you actually have that document. A completed Power of Attorney
for Health Care allows decisions to be made for you in a timely manner without
the power of attorney for health care, if decisions need to be made then a
guardianship needs to be pursued – which can be time-intensive, expensive, and just
it drags out the whole process and it’s emotionally difficult for families. Thanks for tuning in to this Wellness Minute. We’re happy to help you here at Crossing Rivers Health. Crossing Rivers Health – your bridge to wellness.