Health Care Representative:
An advance directive can appoint someone who is at least 18 years of age to make medical decisions for the person when that individual is not able to do so. Among the decisions this health care representative can make is whether to withhold or remove life support, food or hydration.
The health care representative and an alternate must sign the document, accepting their appointment. The patient should appoint a health care representative that he or she trusts completely. A patient can voluntarily revoke their appointment of a health care representative at any time.
A general Durable Power of Attorney, which is for financial affairs, does not include authority to make health care decisions.
Special instructions and conditions:
These can be inserted into the Health Care Plan or included for the health care representative as long as they don’t deal with the distribution of property.
Duration and changes:
The advance directive can be designated in effect for a limited period of time. If not, it is in effect until the person revokes it in writing, or dies. A person can cross out words or add words to his or her advance directive to make it better express his or her wishes.
Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services