What is a proxy decision maker

• If you become incapacitated and you did not previously sign an advance medical directive, a proxy can make some medical decisions for you.

• Your physician must first try to locate as many of the following people as possible: your spouse, your parent, your children or grandchildren, and your close friends. These family members and friends select a proxy medical decision-maker for you. Then the proxy has authority to make limited medical treatment decisions for you.

• The proxy may not withdraw artificial nourishment or hydration "tube feeding" except under limited circumstances that are specified by statute.