The person you appoint is your “substitute decision maker”. What does this mean and who should I appoint?
This is the legal definition for the person you appoint in the document. You normally make your own decisions for your personal and health care, and when you cannot do this, the person you appoint is obligated to “substitute” for you in providing these instructions. As this person may be making key life and death decisions, or may be deciding whether you age at home or take up residence in an assisted living facility, you should appoint someone you trust, someone available to make decisions, someone capable of making tough decisions at tough times, and someone with whom you have spoken about your decisions. This person is not to decide for you, but is to simply know what you want, and relay these wishes to a medical or health care representative when you are physically or mentally unable to do so.
- Do I need a power of attorney?
- Who should I appoint as my attorney?
- What can an attorney do for me?
- Can I terminate the appointment of an attorney?
- What are the risks in appointing someone as an attorney?
- Are there rules that an attorney must follow?
- What is a representation agreement?
- How is this document different from, or similar to, a will or a power of attorney?
- What matters are normally set out in a representation agreement?
- The person you appoint is your “substitute decision maker”. What does this mean and who should I appoint?
- Should I appoint more than one person as my substitute decision maker?
- How is this document different from a “Living Will”?
- Can I terminate this agreement or change the person I appoint in it?