Psychiatric Advance Directives

Who should be your health care agent?

The person you select as your health care agent should be someone you trust to respect your wishes and advocate for you – a family member or friend. He or she will tell others what kind of treatment you do or do not want and will supervise your care. Depending on state law, you may be able to choose more than one agent. You can make one the primary agent and designate another as a backup, or you could give each person different responsibilities. Perhaps you trust one person to make your health care decisions and another to take care of your household matters (bills, etc.). Be clear about who should do what.