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What are things to look for when choosing a medical power of attorney?

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If you decide to choose a medical power of attorney, here are some things to look for:

  • Someone who is not intimidated by medical professionals and is willing to ask challenging questions
  • Someone who can put aside their own feelings about a particular procedure or medical option in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out
  • Someone who understands your wishes about medical options and end-of-life care

From: Advance Directives WebMD Medical Reference

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Center to Advance Palliative Care, New York.

Caring Connections, a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Alexandria, Va.

Aging With Dignity, Tallahassee.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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Center to Advance Palliative Care, New York.

Caring Connections, a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Alexandria, Va.

Aging With Dignity, Tallahassee.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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