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Power of Attorney for Personal Care

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Why should I have a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?

If you become mentally incapable of making personal care decisions, someone else must make them for you. This person is called your "substitute decision-maker" (SDM).

For some decisions, including those about your medical treatment, the law says your doctor and other health care providers must get your substitute decision-maker's consent before taking action.

Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care lets you choose a person you trust to be your substitute decision-maker if you become mentally incapable in the future.

Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is also a way to make sure your wishes about personal care decisions will be respected. It gives you a chance to say what you want and do not want. For example, if you do not want certain medical treatments if you get seriously ill, you can state this in your Power of Attorney.