Thank You Gerard for your prompt, courteous and sensitive way you dealt with my
inquiry. we are grateful for the hard work and service provided by you and your staff.
What is a Health Care Proxy ?
In Massachusetts, a Health Care Proxy is a written
instruction by a person who appoints another individual to act as
their Health Care Agent. The Agent is appointed to make medical or
health decisions when the person is incapacitated or unable to
communicate such decisions.
This document provides you with the ability to
control the manner in which you will receive medical treatment, in
the event that you require life sustaining procedures. The Health
Care Proxy becomes effective only after your attending physician
states in writing that you no longer have the capacity to make or
communicate your own health care decisions. Your Agent’s authority
is effective only for so long as you cannot make your own medical
decisions. Should you regain your capacity to make decisions, the
Health Care Agency is terminated.
It is important that you give careful
consideration to those individuals you select to serve with the
authority to terminate life support systems. The person you select
should be a trusted person who will not make a medical care decision
based on his or her wishes or values, but rather one who will carry
out your wishes