Q. 1. It is my understanding that there are four key documents that every Catholic should have. What can you tell me about the "Power Of Attorney for Personal Care" document?
A. 1. The Power of Attorney for Personal Care may be the same or a different person, or persons as the Power of Attorney for your property. The POA for Personal Care can be more than one person, but they must make all decisions jointly, unless you appoint them “jointly and severally”, which means either or both can make a decision. This signed document is also for during your life time, taking care of your personal decisions such as medical treatment, housing, food, hygiene, clothing and safety. A POA for Personal Care only comes into effect if you have become incapable of making your own decisions.
A personal attorney cannot be given the power to make health care decisions for you. This must be done by making a health care directive.
A "health care directive" means a "living will."
[Source: Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, SK, Canada.]