Healthcare Power of Attorney

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Something many people don’t think about is Healthcare Power of Attorney. What happens to you if you are hurt, and can’t make decisions for yourself? What happens if you are declared unfit to make decisions about your healthcare because of your mental illness? It’s important to have back-up plans.

Many people assume that being married covers all the bases. After all, your spouse can make all those decisions, right? I mean, nobody knows you better, and nobody is as invested in you living either. But that doesn’t account for everything. What if your spouse is also hurt? What if they die in the accident?

There are many reasons to establish powers of attorney. The biggest one is insurance. You want to make sure your will is done. All aspects of your will can be taken care of post-mortem, but if you aren’t dead, who takes care of your needs, or pays your bills?

Jenny and I have been doing all this paperwork, so that there is a paper trail, proof of our wishes. Jenny has a great family, and I have a very close brother, so we’ve set up our arrangements so that backups are in place if something happens to the other of us.

I would like to encourage you to take the steps to protect your interests in case of an emergency. We used WillMaker, and it was super easy. Took time, but was easy. Also, I wrote my will, which was hilarious. There are so many darn jokes for my family to find when I die. #JustSaying

P.S. My eye is doing better today. Still no infection. Hope the antibiotics keep doing their job!

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About Rory

Rory writes for Terminally Intelligent and manages The Face of Mental Illness. He has PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and Psychosis. He works to raise awareness and lower stigma through education.
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3 Responses to Healthcare Power of Attorney

  1. Cynthia Rindone says:

    Rory, An FYI- You have to state in said POA that it is for “BOTH” (cap because is important) Medical and Mental. If the mental is not listed in the POA the state can step in and take charge of you after you can no longer make your own decisions. This happened to a couple friend of my daughters. They are in their early 70’s and been married for 50+ yrs and she started to have some issues and they decided that she needed treatment. Long story short because she was an coherent adult at the time and signed papers at admittance, he could not even go and see her unless she allowed it. If they would have had a Mental POA at admittance it would have been a whole different story.

  2. Rory says:

    Our healthcare documents cover both. Thanks for the pointer!

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