Upon retirement, there are many steps to take before you need end-of-life care. At some point, you may be unable to make medical decisions by yourself. A medical power of attorney form in Ohio can give those rights to a close family member. A loved one who files the necessary paperwork before they need it makes the process easier on their caregivers.

There is a medical power of attorney and a financial power of attorney. The same person can have both designations or you can have two different people act on your behalf. For example, one child may have better financial acumen while the other understands your wishes better. Splitting the responsibilities can help your loved ones share the burdens of end-of-life care.

A medical power of attorney does not immediately go into effect unless you become incapacitated or choose to have it go into effect right away. According to the LAWriter, “a durable power of attorney for health care shall not expire” unless a date is specified and the person still maintains the mental capacity to make decisions. The witnesses cannot be related or work for the facility where the principal person is placed such as hospital staff or attending physicians.

Designate an adult over the age of 18 that you feel comfortable giving the power to determine your end-of-life medical care. Items to consider include do-not-resuscitate orders, home health care and hospice care.

This information is intended to educate should not be interpreted as legal advice. Speak to an attorney to file the necessary forms and obtain help for end of life care.