It’s vital that your healthcare advocate(s) understand the quality of life that is important to you. If there is a choice of whom you may want to use as your advocate, whether it’s family, a friend or a professional, the following are some tips you may want to think about and questions to ask. Remember that trust is critical in making your selection. It will be important for you to develop a relationship with your chosen advocate and to have confidence in his or her abilities.
The answers you receive to these questions will help you determine whether he or she is a good fit for you.
For a potential advocate who is a family member or friend:
If you are seeking a professional advocate, you will want to keep these additional concerns and questions in mind:
This list is a sample and can be used as a start to the dialogue. Your wishes may change as your situation changes, so be sure to have a continuing dialogue with your chosen healthcare advocate. A Healthcare Proxy should always be seriously considered as well.
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