Healthcare Power Of Attorney (HCPA)

What is ‘Healthcare Power Of Attorney – HCPA’

A legal form that allows an individual to empower another with decisions regarding his or her healthcare and medical treatment. Healthcare power of attorney becomes active when a person is unable to make decisions or consciously communicate intentions regarding treatments.

Explaining ‘Healthcare Power Of Attorney – HCPA’

The healthcare power of attorney allows people who become unable to make their own decisions to exercise their beliefs and wishes regarding medical procedures. The person’s agent can communicate on behalf of the sick or injured person, preventing unwanted treatment. The process of denoting an HCPA is fairly straightforward, and the privilege can be revoked at any time.

Further Reading

  • End-of-life planning activities: An integrated process – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
  • Advance Directives: Crucial Planning Tools – heinonline.org [PDF]
  • Family Meetings and the Aging Family – books.google.com [PDF]
  • Examining Advance Care Planning Actions Among Community Dwelling Older Adults – rave.ohiolink.edu [PDF]
  • Subverting Symbolism: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Cooperative Federalism – heinonline.org [PDF]
  • Attorney's Fees for Section 1983 Claims in Fair Hearings: Rethinking Current Jurisprudence – www.jstor.org [PDF]
  • Social work and medical student professionals' perspectives on advance care planning – csus-dspace.calstate.edu [PDF]