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What decisions can my attorney make under a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare?

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Your attorney can make decisions about anything to do with your health and personal welfare.

This includes decisions about:

  • medical treatment
  • where you’re cared for
  • the type of care you receive
  • day-to-day things like your diet, how you dress and your daily routine

You can list any instructions that your attorney must follow, or any preferences that you’d like them to take into account when making decisions on your behalf.

Decisions about life-sustaining treatment

You’ll also need to choose whether or not you want your attorney to be able to make decisions about life-sustaining treatment. If you choose not to, then all decisions about life-sustaining treatment will be made by your healthcare team, unless you’ve made an Advance Decision (Living Will).

Any decision your attorney makes must be made in your best interests.