Do I need a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?
Question & AnswerDo I need a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?
A is a legal document that lets you name someone to make decisions for you if you become . This is sometimes called a “personal power of attorney”.
You're called the grantor. The person you name is called your attorney. Your attorney can be a family member, a close friend, or anyone else you trust.
A Power of Attorney for Personal Care lets your attorney make:
- decisions about your personal care, such as where you live, what you eat, getting dressed, washing and having a bath, and staying safe
- decisions about your health care that deal with:
- health-care treatments
- moving into a long-term care home
- personal care services in a long-term care home
When the Power of Attorney takes effect
A Power of Attorney for Personal Care takes effect only if you become of making some or all decisions about your personal care.
Being mentally incapable means that you cannot understand:
- the information needed to make a decision, or
- what could happen because of decisions you make about treatment or personal care.
Having a substitute decision-maker
If you become mentally incapable of making decisions about your personal care, someone else must make them for you. This person is called your (SDM).
If you have a Power of Attorney for Personal Care, your attorney is your SDM. Making a Power of Attorney means you choose a person you trust to be your SDM if you become mentally incapable in the future.
Stating your wishes
Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care also lets you include your wishes about your personal care. This is sometimes called an advance care plan. It can include things like:
- staying in your own home as long as possible
- respecting your religion when choosing food
- letting doctors use artificial life support if you have an illness you'll die of
Decisions about your property
A Power of Attorney for Property is another kind of Power Attorney. It gives your attorney the power to make decisions about your money and property.