Power of Attorney

In North Carolina, you can name a person to make medical care decisions for you if you later become unable to decide yourself. In this legal document, you name who you want your "health care agent" to be. You can state what treatments you would want and not want so your agent will know what choices you would make. Both a living will and a health care power of attorney must be signed by you while you are still able to understand your condition and treatment choices and to make those choices known. A physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, or patient relations representative can help you fill out the forms. They must be witnessed by two qualified people and be notarized. If you would like to speak with someone about advance directives please let your nurse know. Also, a videotape on advance directives is available on the television in your room.

Turn to: "Advance Directives:The Decision is Yours" (17:10)

Channel 93 @ 9:19 a.m., 1:36 p.m., 5:36 p.m. 9:19 p.m.
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