When is a Health Care Agent Needed?
A Health Care Agent is a person, or persons, designated to make medical decisions on behalf of another individual if that person becomes incapacitated. A Health Care Directive (HCD) is a document that is used to provide direction to the Health Care Agent regarding the person’s wishes for medical treatment and other aspects of medical care, should the individual be unable to make those decisions on their own. The Health Care Agent must follow the advanced directives laid out in the HCD or otherwise act in the individual’s best interest when their wishes are not known.
Why First Fiduciary Corporation as Health Care Agent? First Fiduciary Corporation, founded in 1969, was the first independent fiduciary in Minnesota. With nearly 50 years of experience, we have built a reputation as a trusted leader in the field of fiduciary management. We handle complex cases and difficult family situations. Our employees are held to the highest ethical and professional standards, and are some of the most highly trained and experienced professionals working today. While certification is not required under state law, our staff is required to become National Certified Guardians after their first year of employment. We are leaders in all facets of guardianship and conservatorship and have forged long-term relationships within the legal and social services community.
When named as Health Care Agent, First Fiduciary will assign a Care Manager who will meet with the client regularly to discuss their health care and their wishes regarding medical care in the future. The Care Manager is also available to assist in coordinating care, attend appointments, and plan medical and housing decisions.