As you age, it becomes even more essential to consider planning out how you want others to care for you. In Florida, the population of seniors is rising, and as it does, so is the need for documenting healthcare wants and needs.

When you think about how you see your long-term care, do you want to maintain a measure of control? If the answer is yes, then you may want to consider adding a healthcare proxy to your care planning needs. Take a look at what this document does and why you need it sooner rather than later.

You choose the person 

A healthcare proxy is a document that triggers when you cannot speak for yourself. If you go in for a surgical procedure, for example, and need extra care while under anesthesia, the proxy will come into play. The document is essential, according to the American Bar Association, as it sets out the person you want to make these decisions for you. You get to choose someone in your life who you believe will carry out your wishes when considering the type of care you receive.

You choose the course of care 

Part of the reason a proxy is integral is you can also put forth the type of measures you want the proxy to take. You make your wishes clear, and the person you choose carries them out. A document like this becomes essential when you have family members who may not want to do things your way. This becomes especially important when it comes to life-saving measures and how far you want them to go. Legally stating your desires in a document makes it clear to all involved that you prefer one course of action over another.

As always, you should explore these options on your own and speak to your loved ones about anything you choose. Keep in mind, this information is for educational purposes, and is not a substitute for legal advice.