An Oregon medical power of attorney is part of an “advance directive” document that consists of a few pages relating to a person’s healthcare and representation in certain unfortunate circumstances. The first part of this document is the power of attorney section; the principal can appoint a trusted individual to make medical decisions in their stead should they be unable to communicate effectively with attending physicians. Next, the principal can provide written direction for their representative and healthcare workers that accept or deny certain medical treatments and life-sustaining medications (also known as a “living will”).
It is the principal’s choice whether or not they want to hand over all medical authority to their representative or provide specific instructions for them to follow. Regardless, the appointed attorney-in-fact should be a competent, trustworthy individual, preferably a relative or close friend.