What is a Health Care Power of Attorney?

Health Care Power of Attorney in Connecticut

In Connecticut, a Health Care Power of Attorney or “Appointment of Health Care Representative” is a document that appoints a person to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are alive but no longer able to speak for yourself. Essentially, this document gives your “Representative” the same authority to make medical decisions for you as you could make for yourself if you were not unconscious or mentally incapacitated.

Trust one child more than anyone; except yourself?

What if you trust yourself to make the best decisions, and you know what you would want in various scenarios? You can put those instructions in a Living Will and indicate in both the Living Will and the Health Care Power of Attorney that you want the Living Will to control. Doing this also has the benefit of taking the burden of making tough decisions off of the shoulders of that trusted child.

Even if you have a Living Will, you should still have a document appointing a Health Care Representative and visa-versa. Whether you want the Living Will or the Health Care Representative to control, it is always good to have a backup plan.