Proper planning for health care decision making includes several key components: First is selecting a person (surrogate or agent) who will make health care related decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so yourself. Second involves the execution of health care advance directive documents to make your wishes known.
It is critical to select a person whom you trust to be your agent as this person will be making medical decisions for you when you are unable to speak for yourself. Consequently, it is very important that once you have selected an agent that you discuss your wishes with them. It is also a good idea to discuss your wishes with your family, loved ones and health care providers. It is also recommended that that you provide your healthcare providers with a copy of all health care advance directive documents that you sign.