Who should I select as my healthcare agent in my medical power of attorney?

Your healthcare agent needs to be someone you know and trust. They need to have excellent judgment and be able to communicate clearly with your family and your healthcare team and be confident enough to enforce your wishes. If you are elderly, then the ideal person for your healthcare agent may not be your equally elderly spouse; if they become incapacitated, you will have no one left to fulfill this role.

You need to be able to talk to and trust the agent you appoint to this role. You should be sure that they understand your wishes and will be able to act on your behalf when and if the time comes. Your agent needs to be able to act and make decisions for you even in a time of stress and even if other family members do not agree. Choosing the right person for this role will give you peace of mind about the process and help ensure that your wishes are followed.

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