Selecting a health care agent is important.
You never know what the future holds.
It may involve a tragic accident or health crisis.
Will you be prepared if this happens to you?
According to a recent Forbes article titled “How To Select A Healthcare Proxy,” naming a health care agent is vital to being prepared.
You will want to make sure the individual you choose is both willing and capable.
A spouse or other family member may seem like a convenient choice.
The person must be strong in character and able to have hard conversations.
How can you make a wise decision?
First, you want someone who will likely outlive you.
Usually this means a younger individual.
If you choose someone your age, be sure to name a backup agent as well.
Next, consider proximity.
Ideally, medical and life-or-death decisions should not be made from a distance.
In fact, many hospitals require the agent to be present when making critical care decisions.
Your agent needs to be able to reach the hospital in a timely manner.
Finally, let us reiterate a previous point.
You never know if you and your initial agent might be involved in the same tragedy.
Selecting a secondary agent will eliminate delay.
Discuss your decisions with your agents—even the backups—to ensure they are willing to serve in this way and understand your wishes.
This will set them up for success.
Reference: Forbes (April 10, 2019) “How To Select A Healthcare Proxy”