What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or Health Care Proxy and a Directive to Physician (Living Will)?

A durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Proxy appoints a person you designate to make decisions regarding your health care treatment in the event you are unable to provide informed consent. A Directive to Physician in an advance directive that give doctors and hospitals your instructions regarding the nature and extent of the care you want should you suffer irreversible coma or permanent incapacitation.