Health care power of attorney
A power of attorney for health care is similar to a durable power of attorney for financial matters, but this document gives someone the power to make medical and health care decisions for you if you are not able. This document avoids court intervention and allows you to empower a person you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to communicate those wishes.
You need to have a frank conversation with the person handling your affairs about how you want your medical care handled, especially in the event of a terminal illness.
Unlike a healthcare power of attorney, a living will establish your wishes for life-prolonging medical care should you become incapacitated. These are called advanced directives, or health care directives. A key advantage of this document is that it states what you want relating to end of life care.