The current COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to be prepared, not only with essential needs, such as food, supplies, and prescriptions but also with our own individual health care.
With the coronavirus indiscriminately impacting all geographic areas and people of all ages, it’s important to think about what would happen in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself due to illness or injury. Who would be responsible to make difficult medical decisions for you?
Health Care Surrogacy is a frequently overlooked area of law, however amid the uncertainty and fear of this global crisis, health care is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. In an effort to support the community during this challenging time, The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. announced complementary Health Care Surrogate Counselling to help Treasure Coast citizens who are worried about COVID-19.
What is a Health Care Surrogate?
A health care surrogate is a competent adult who is appointed to make health care decisions on behalf of another individual in the event they are incapacitated and are unable to make their own health care decisions.
You have the ability to designate a health care surrogate to provide informed consent and make medical decisions for you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. These decisions can involve general health matters, treatments, and selecting medical providers and facilities.
How Do I Designate a Health Care Surrogate?
Florida law requires a Designation of Health Care Surrogate form to be completed to legally designate a health care surrogate in the event of incapacitation. Additionally, an individual can designate an Alternate Surrogate if the original Surrogate is unwilling or unable to perform the necessary duties.
Experts recommend that it is important to think about what you want in advance with your health care surrogate. These can be difficult and uncomfortable conversations, however, they will ensure that your wishes regarding medical care are met. It also gives families some peace of mind in the event a loved one becomes incapacitated.
How The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. Can Help
The legal team of attorneys and paralegals at The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. are available for remote consultations to help members of the Treasure Coast community complete the necessary forms and provide guidance on the requirements for designating a health care surrogate in Florida. Contact our legal team today for your free video consultation.