The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust—for example, a family member or close friend—to make health care decisions for you, should you be unable to make your own decisions. By appointing a health care agent, you can ensure health care providers follow your wishes. Your agent can also decide how your wishes apply, as your medical condition changes. Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers must follow your agent’s decisions as if they were your own. You may give the person you select as your health care agent as little or as much authority as you want. You may allow your agent to make all health care decisions or only certain ones. You may also give your agent instructions that he or she has to follow.
This form can also be used to document your wishes or instructions with regard to organ and/or tissue donation.
St. Charles’ trained staff is available to assist you in completing a health care proxy or answer any questions regarding advance directives.