Residents in Michigan are getting older. With old age come multiple medical issues. Many people will need to seek the care of medical professionals at some point in their lifetimes. Some may be unable to make their own decisions when it comes to their medical needs. When people are unable to make their own medical decisions, they may need someone to do that for them. If a person has a medical power of attorney, this can be a lot easier.
A medical power of attorney holder can make decisions on someone else's behalf when that person is no longer able to make medical decisions on his or her own. This can be extremely helpful in cases where a person is no longer conscious or is otherwise incapacitated. However, it is important that the right person is allotted the medical power of attorney.
There are many considerations to make when a person is assigning a medical power of attorney. Under state law, there are many people who should not be given a medical power of attorney. This includes healthcare providers, spouses of healthcare providers, employees of healthcare providers or the owner of a healthcare facility that treats the person. A medical power of attorney should not be given to someone who works for a government agency that provides financial support to the person. Also, people who evaluate the person's mental capacity should not be given medical power of attorney.
Instead, a medical power of attorney should be given to someone who is of sound mind and is an adult. This should be someone that the person trusts with the person's life. It should also be someone that could live near the person needing medical assistance. Finally, this individual should be capable of being a strong advocate in delicate medical situations.
After the right person has been chosen to hold the medical power of attorney, it important that this power is legally given. There are many rules surrounding powers of attorney in Michigan. People should understand these rules and how they apply to their situations. An experienced attorney can help draft power of attorney agreements and attempt to see that they are enforced.