Updated: Jun 3, 2020
What do you do if you're taking care of your elderly parents and they don't have a power of attorney for health care? Is the hospital allowing you to make medical decisions for them? Most of the time, the hospital will have forms available for your parents to fill out to give you power of attorney.
What Is A Power Of Attorney?
A power of attorney is a document you sign giving someone else the power to make decisions on your behalf. The document allows either for financial decisions or healthcare decisions to be made on your behalf (or in this case, your parents' behalf).
If you have an elderly parent and they don't have a power of attorney, but you are the only one who can take care of them, it will be best for your parents to sign a Power Of Attorney allowing you to make financial and health care decisions on their behalf.
If your parents are currently in a hospital, check with the staff to find out if they have any health care directives available. If not, you will want to hire an attorney to assist your parents in signing the Power Of Attorneys.