Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Life-Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care will protect you.

By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I received a phone call this morning from a woman who is the legal power of attorney for personal care for her Aunt, who is living with medical conditions. 

The woman called seeking advice after a doctor placed a DNR order on her Aunt, without consulting her, and the hospital is refusing to provide oxygen assistance. The niece, who is Power of Attorney, stated that a doctor claims that her Aunt, who is currently incompetent, agreed to have treatment withdrawn, even though her Aunt clearly stated in the past that she wanted treatment.

Whether or not a DNR order is applicable in this circumstance, this story exposes the importance of having a Power of Attorney document that will protect you.

EPC sells the Life Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care for $25. Order the Life Protecting Power of Attorney at: 1-877-439-3348 or

The Life Protecting Power of Attorney ensures that your power of attorney will have the power to uphold values, it protects you from euthanasia and assisted suicide and it defines the treatment decisions that you would want and how those decisions are to be made.

The Life Protecting Power of Attorney also gives you the piece of mind that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition will help you if your expressed wishes are ignored or if a hospital or doctor decides to impose decisions upon you.

EPC also works with Compassionate Community Care (CCC) to offer practical advice and support when you or a loved one is faced with difficult medical care decisions, or if you are concerned that a friend or a loved one is being denied basic care or has died by euthanasia.

Contact CCC at: 1-855-675-8749.


Jan said...

In B.C., the POA applies ONLY to finances and must be assigned before a diagnosis of mental incapacity by a physician. The Health Representative agreement is a separate document that assigns the right to make health care decisions by the designate. Just thought I would point this out as a Health Care Professional. We strongly encourage all adults to fill out a document that is available to all physicians offices or Health Care Units called Let Me Decide. Each person determines the level of care they want at various stages of their health. Hope this is promoted all over the country. It then allows each person to make their own choices--not another relative or the health care system.

Bobby Brown said...

There is nothing that can avoid intentional criminal acts by hospitals or doctors. In our case an eyewitness affidavit states a risk management employee forced my wife, who was drugged and made incompetent by the hospital, to sign a medical directive allowing two doctors to initiate a do not resuscitate order by side-stepping mandatory informed consent. Then without telling us about the DNR, two months later telling responders not to resuscitate, that is murder for knowingly altering a medical directive leading to a death, punishable by RCW 70.122.030. Proponents of Death with Dignity have sworn for years it could never happen with all the mandatory levels of informed consent, yet this case at the Wa. Supreme Court, 92527-5, proves with the eyewitness affidavit, my wife was forced to sign her own death warrant, I only learned of the DNR two years after the murder. Opponents have warned, when euthanasia is legalized it becomes easy for doctors and risk managements to switch from legal voluntary euthanasia over to illegal involuntary euthanasia. Death with Dignity and Natural Death Acts have to be repealed, they open the door to state sanctioned no cost malpractice insurance and a simple way to eliminate criminal and civil liability, unless they get caught. talk Platelets