This is an acronym for a Power of Attorney Health Care. A person has a right to choose another person to represent them in health care decisions.
Choosing this person is an important decision for you or your people, especially as they lose clarity in thought and or decline in their health condition.
Now is the time to ask the person (parent/sibling/children/friend/etc) what their wishes are in health care. Do they want to have CPR, mechanical ventilation, artificial feedings or aggressive treatments for a terminal condition.
Asking a Social Worker, Nurse, Physician or a lawyer how to begin this process will be a good place to start the process.
Pending ideas: Five Wishes, Advanced Directive, Living Will