A Medical Power of Attorney is a legal document in which permission is given to someone you trust to make medical decisions for you should you become incapacitated and unable to make medical decisions on your own.
Appointing a Medical Power of Attorney eases the pressure in families when a loved one is ill. The role of the Medical Power of Attorney is to ensure that your medical care follows your wishes, this includes everything from hydration to end of life care.
Deciding who to choose as your medical power of attorney is a very important decision. The person chosen should be comfortable around hospitals and medical professionals. They must be willing to ask questions and be able to fully understand the situation as well as possible outcomes. When choosing someone it is also important that they have the ability to carry out your wishes and do not allow personal feelings to interfere with any decisions they make.