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Health Care Power of Attorney

Under a HCPOA you designate someone to speak on your behalf if you are unable to do so.  Your agent is able to
make all healthcare decisions for you (unless you impose specific limitations), including
decisions that may not have been anticipated at the time your AHD was drafted.  Therefore, the Health Care Power of Attorney is more flexible because it allows someone other than yourself to address unforeseen medical issues as and when they arise. 


Your agent for medical decisions does not have to be the same person to whom you've given your financial power of attorney.  You should be sure that your health care agent has access to the original of the Power of Attorney document and that your primary care provider is kept informed of your agent's name and contact information and of any future changes to that information.  It would be prudent to ensure that your primary care provider has a copy of both your
AHD and your HCPOA in the event that your agents are unavailable in the event of an emergency.


As with all documents intended to become effective at a future time, you should contact your Agins Law Firm Chandler/Sun Lakes elder law attorneys to have your Health Care Power of Attorney reviewed  and updated annually
or as circumstances dictate.


There are slight, but substantive, differences between an Advance Healthcare Directive ("AHD") and a Health Care Power of Attorney  ("HCPOA").  The AHD  specifies your wishes concerning the use of various life-prolonging measures and the use  - or non-use - of certain interventions in the event that you are unable to express them to your health care providers yourself. You designate another trusted person,
your "agent," to ensure that your healthcare providers are
made aware of your wishes
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Health Care Power of Attorney

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