Robin L. Fainsinger MB ChB LMCC CCFP


Health Care Agent

A health care agent is a person chosen to make medical decisions for another, should a severe illness or injury occur that makes communication impossible. The document that grants this decision-making power to the person selected is called a medical power of attorney. A health care agent may also be called a health care…

Advance Directive

An advance directive is a legal form you fill out to say what kinds of medical care you want if you aren’t able to make decisions for yourself. It tells your family and your doctor what to do if you’re badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from saying what you want. There are two main types of advance…

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

A durable power of attorney for health care is a legal document in which one person grants another person the authority to make medical decisions if he or she becomes unable to do so. The person chosen as the health care agent (or health care proxy or surrogate) should understand and respect the person’s wishes about…

Living Will

A living will, also called a treatment directive, is a type of advance directive that documents personal wishes about end-of-life medical treatment in case decision-making or communication abilities are lost. A living will specifies the conditions under which certain kinds of treatment or life-support measures would or…

Writing an Advance Directive

Discusses basic types of advance directives. Covers living will and medical power of attorney to appoint a health care agent. Explains when and why advance directive is needed. Lists steps in preparing one.