The general durable power of attorney for health care legally appoints the person(s) you have chosen (known as "agents") to make medical, surgical or hospital decisions for you if you are not able to make or communicate such decisions for yourself.
The document is patterned after the standard hospital admitting form power of attorney, and will be necessary to anyone needing to have you admitted to a hospital.
All decisions must be what the agent believes the document's maker would have chosen. If the agent is unsure what the document maker's choice would, the agent will make decisions based on what he or she believes is in the maker's best interests.
If you do not have a living will in place, your agent will be responsible for life support decisions when you have a terminal and vegetative condition.