Medical Power of Attorney Rhode Island Form – Adobe PDF
The Rhode Island medical power of attorney form allows you to nominate an agent to make all your health care decisions if you can no longer do so. The usual choices for the agent are your spouse, child, a close friend, or relative. In Rhode Island, unless they are related to you, your agent cannot be a medical professional involved in your treatment or care. Local availability to be at your bedside if and when the time comes is an important factor in your choice as to ensure that decisions are made as fast as possible.
Laws – § 23-4.10-2
Signing Requirements – Notary Public or Two (2) Qualified Witnesses (§ 23-4.10-2(9)).
A second option besides the use of an agent is to create a living will. This document allows the principal to, instead of selecting an agent, specify end-of-life treatments for themselves if they should become in a mental state where there is no curable return.