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Choosing an AgentSelecci³n de un agente o apoderado

Choosing an Agent

A durable power of attorney for health care is only as good as the person you name to be your agent. If this person knows your treatment wishes and is willing to carry them out, you'll probably be well represented. Be sure to tell your agent what's important to you.

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Who to Choose

  • You can name a family member, close friend, minister, priest, or rabbi.

  • You should name one person as your agent. Then name one or two alternates. You need a backup person in case your first choice can't be reached when needed.

  • Talk to each person you are thinking of naming as your agent or alternate. Do this before you decide who should carry out your wishes.

Your Agent Should Be...

  • An adult, 18 years or older.

  • Someone you trust and can talk to about the care you want and what is important to you.

  • Someone who supports your treatment choices.

In Many States, Your Agent Can't Be...

  • Your doctor or health care provider.

  • An employee of your doctor or of a hospital, nursing home, or hospice program where you receive care.

Some states list other restrictions about who can be named as an agent for an advance directive.

Tip: You may want to write down your wishes and give a copy to your agent.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00


Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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