Medical Power of Attorney Form | Pennsylvania

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Updated on May 10th, 2023

A Pennsylvania medical power of attorney enables an individual to establish instructions regarding end-of-life treatments and medications and to appoint an attorney-in-fact to make medical decisions on their behalf. The first part, durable healthcare power of attorney, is where the principal will enter the name of a trusted individual that they would like to handle all healthcare matters for them in the event of incapacitation. The second part of the advance directive is known as a “living will” and allows the principal to choose which healthcare services they wish to receive if they are diagnosed with an end-stage medical condition. This will help physicians and other healthcare professionals know if the principal wants to be resuscitated, provided with breathing machines, or administered nutrition and/or hydration artificially to aid in prolonging their life.

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