Have you ever wondered who will make decisions about your healthcare if you are unable to do so? A healthcare surrogate is a person that you authorize with a Designation of Health Care Surrogate form who will make medical decisions for you when you are unable to make these decisions on your own. Any legally competent adult who is 18 years old or older is eligible to be your health care surrogate. It is important to discuss not only if he or she will agree to this responsibility, but to exactly convey your wishes in case you are unable to make medical decisions. You should be able to trust that this person will make decisions on matters you might not have discussed that would be in your best interest as well.
As of November 2019, only 40% of Americans have a designated healthcare surrogate. It is important for anyone over the age of 18 to have a health care surrogate so that some stress can be alleviated from loved ones when it comes to decision making. It is easier for all involved so that there is no confusion on what the patient would want in that scenario, as well as having family members disagreeing with a course of action. Designation of Health Care Surrogate forms quick and easy to prepare!
Everyone deserves the ability to have good and informed medical care. At Akilah Harris PLLC, we understand how important your own autonomy is when it comes to medical decisions, as well as having an advocate fighting for you if you cannot. If you have any questions about designating your own healthcare surrogate, feel free to reach out at 954-526-5336.