If you have a medical emergency and have to be hospitalized, where do you want your loved ones to be? Would you rather have them at the hospital talking to the doctors and hospital staff about your important medical issues, or would you rather your loved ones be at home frantically searching for your important health care documents?
Of course, you would rather have your loved ones at the hospital with you. However, in order to make sure that they can be there and assist with your health care decisions, then you not only need a Health Care Proxy, but you also need to make sure that your family knows where to find it in an emergency. For that to happen, they need to know that you have a Health Care Proxy, who you have designated to act on your behalf, and where you keep the Health Care Proxy. This makes sure that the person you have designated has the document to show the hospital staff as soon as possible. That way, if a decision needs to be made right away, your designated agent can make it.
Talk to an attorney about getting a Health Care Proxy, and then let your family know about it.