A health care proxy is an important document
for every adult to complete and keep on file. The proxy enables
your family members and medical professionals to carry out your
wishes in the event you become unable to make your own decisions.
you can download a blank
copy of a health care proxy form distributed by the New York
State Department of Health. You'll need Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view and print the form. Then fill out
the information, have a witness sign it and keep a copy. Give
a copy to your designated health care agent and, if you selected
one, your alternate agent. Keep another copy for yourself with
your important records.
Taking the time to complete this document will take the burden
of difficult decision-making away from your loved ones and give
them peace of mind.