Health Care Power of Attorney
§ 23-4.10-1 Purpose. – (a) The legislature finds that adult persons have the fundamental right to control the decisions relating to the rendering of their own medical care.
(b) In order that the rights of patients may be respected even after they are no longer able to participate actively in decisions about themselves, the legislature declares that the laws of the state shall recognize the right of an adult person to make a written durable power of attorney which might include instructing his or her physician to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures in the event of a terminal condition.
Adults have the fundamental right to control the decisions relating to their health care. You have the right to make medical and other health care decisions for yourself so long as you can give informed consent for those decisions. No treatment may be given to you over your objection at the time of treatment. You may decide whether you want life sustaining procedures withheld or withdrawn in instances of a terminal condition.
What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
This Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care lets you appoint someone to make health care decisions for you when you cannot actively participate in health care decision making. The person you appoint to make health care decisions for you when you cannot actively participate in health care decision making is called your agent. The agent must act consistent with your desires as stated in this document or otherwise known. Your agent must act in your best interest. Your agent stands in your place and can make any health care decision that you have the right to make.
A living will is a written document which directs your physician to withhold or stop life-sustaining medical procedures if you develop a terminal condition and can’t state your wishes at the time a decision about those kinds of procedures must be made.