Who's your health care proxy?
Do you have your Health Care Proxy in place?
If not, New York State law fills in the gap if you are unable to make your own medical decisions by appointing a surrogate to make decisions for you.
But, the law is limited in scope as it is only effective if you are a patient in a hospital, nursing home or receiving hospice care.
There can be delays in deciding who the appropriate person to act is and there can be conflicts if family members do not agree. So, it is always preferable to have a Health Care Proxy!
By signing a Health Care Proxy, you get to appoint someone as your agent you trust to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to.
I hope this helps you to take action on this important document. I am here to assist if you need help.