A document that gives another person legal authority to act on your behalf. The person creating the document is called the principal, and the person to whom you give this authority is called your attorney-in-fact. If you make a durable power of attorney, the document will continue in effect even if you become incapacitated.
An appointed stand-in with the legal authority to make medical decisions.
The written form is called "durable power of attorney."
NOTE: This document provides for power to make medically related decisions only and does not imply appointed power to make legal or financial decisions.
Also Known as: Healthcare proxy, Health Care Proxy, Proxy
ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia. Advanced Directives. At: http://adam.about.com/encyclopedia/001908.htm
Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Health Care Glossary. Medical Power of Attorney. At: http://www.ohpco.org/health_care_glossary.htm
Nolo. Glossary. Power of Attorney. Look under "P" at: http://www.nolo.com/glossary.cfm