Creating Proxies in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes must establish procedures to educate residents about how to create and use a health care proxy. These procedures must meet the requirements of New York State Department of Health regulations and must:

  • inform adult residents about their right to create Proxies;
  • educate adult residents about the authority delegated under a health care proxy, what a proxy may include or omit, and how to create and revoke a proxy; and
  • help ensure that each resident who creates a proxy while residing at the facility does so voluntarily.