Health Care Power of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Most people avoid talking or even thinking about what will happen to them when their health begins to decline—so they don’t. But when Mom suddenly can’t make her own health care decisions and the responsibility falls on you, it’s important to make sure that her wishes are acknowledged—even if you feel uncomfortable with or disagree with them.

This is where a health care power of attorney comes in. Learn what this role entails, what this person can and can’t do, and how to talk about this important decision with your parent.

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