Who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself?
In Colorado, no one is approved to be a medical decision maker without a form stating they are the person to make choices for the other adult. This means not spouses, adult children, other family members, nor doctors. Because of this, it is very important to think about your values and name a person who would speak for your beliefs based on your wishes. This gives you control over your medical choices, even when you are not able to speak for yourself.
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RECOMMENDED* A Medical Durable Power of Attorney form is the Colorado form to legally tell providers who you choose to make medical decisions for you if you are ever unable to make decisions for yourself because of illness or injury. This can be updated at any time.
This form does NOT require a witness signature or notary. It just needs your signature to make it legal.
ALTERNATIVE* The Easy to Read Colorado Advance Health Care Directive allows you to select a medical decision maker AND also allows you the opportunity to outline how you would like to be cared for at the end-of-life.
Because this is a living will, it needs to be witnessed by two people.
One of the most important advance directives to complete is a medical durable power of attorney. That’s putting down who you want your health care advocate to be.
– Aurora social worker