A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that provides a trusted agent the authority to act on someone else’s behalf. If it is a durable POA, it remains in effect even if the person becomes incapacitated and is unable to make decisions.
During estate planning, it is important to name a durable POA for healthcare decisions and a separate durable POA for property. Typically, family members or other trusted people handle these important responsibilities. If no one is willing, able, or available to serve in these roles, Care Guardians can help.
Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Due to the complexity of the healthcare system, you may prefer to appoint a medical professional to act as your Power of Attorney for Healthcare if you are no longer able to make medical decisions for yourself.
Care Guardians nurses, social workers, and healthcare advocates are trained to understand complicated medical situations and are prepared to carry out your medical wishes.
Practitioner Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
As part of becoming your POA for Healthcare, Care Guardians will create a practitioner order for life sustaining treatment (POLST) form. This is a document that details your personal wishes for ongoing medical care should you become unable to communicate this information.
Power of Attorney for Property
Separately, Care Guardians can be named durable POA of property to manage financial matters if you become incapacitated.
Care Guardians’ staff includes financial professionals who can expertly handle fiscal responsibilities. These typically include banking matters, managing investments, managing assets, running your business, and buying/selling real estate on your behalf.