To get the kind of care you want in the event of a serious accident or illness, you need to prepare now. You will want to talk to anyone who might be asked to make medical decisions for you if you are not able to speak for yourself. That might include your doctors, family, friends or even a neighbor. Talk ahead of time, before a crisis, to make sure everyone is clear about your wishes.
- How to Choose a Health Care Proxy & How to Be a Health Care Proxy
A health care proxy (also called a health care agent or Power of Attorney for Health Care) is the person you choose to make health care decisions for you if you’re too sick to make them for yourself. Your proxy can talk with your doctors, consult your medical records, and make decisions about tests, procedures, and other treatment. (PDF 16 pages).
- Being Mortal – PBS FRONTLINE Documentary
The PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal is based on the book by Dr. Atul Gawande. “Too many questions are going unasked. Questions like: What are your priorities if your time is limited? What are your goals for treatment? What are your fears? And what trade-offs are you willing to accept as a result of your care?” Gawande believes the goal of medicine should be “a good life to the very end.” (54:11 minutes)