Power of Attorney
What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
This is an important legal document that expresses wishes about your health care and appoints someone to speak for you if you become seriously ill or injured and cannot speak for yourself. The document that you sign, naming this person and your wishes about health care, becomes part of your medical record once it is signed and witnessed.
You are not required to sign such a document, nor do you need a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care to receive medical treatment at Botsford Hospital. You do not need a lawyer to fill out a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. But, if you should have an attorney, he or she should have a copy of the document. Copies of your Durable Power of Attorney are legal documents.
Why do you need a Durable Power Of Attorney for Health Care?
Under the new Michigan law, it is your right to name someone to speak for you about your medical treatment in case you are unable to speak for yourself. A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care document can protect your right to refuse medical care in specified circumstances.
Such a legal document can help you protect your right to make medical choices that influence your life and the lives of your loved ones. It can protect your family from the stress and responsibility of having to make difficult choices about your medical care. It can even help your physician by providing specific guidelines for your care. If you would like more information about establishing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, talk to your physician, attorney, or other appropriate person.
If you would like a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form, please call the Botsford Hospital Community Relations Department at (248) 442-7986.