Health Care Proxy

SHC-health-care-proxyAt the STAR Health Center we encourage you to complete a Health Care Proxy that will allow you to appoint someone you trust – such as a spouse, partner, family member or close friend – to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself.  The person you ask to speak for you is called a health care agent.  This person can make sure that health care providers follow your wishes, and can also decide how your wishes apply as your medical condition changes. Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers must follow your agent’s decisions as if they were your own. You may give your health care agent as little or as much authority as you want. You may allow your agent to make all health care decisions or only certain ones.  You may also give your agent specific instructions that he or she has to follow.   A health care proxy will ensure that your health care provider:

You may never need someone to act on your behalf, but it is always better to be prepared to ensure that you receive the care you want in the manner you want it.

For more information, speak to your health care provider, case manager or counselor.  You may also download information and forms from the New York State Department of Health.