Elder Care Authorization

When to use Elder Care Authorization

If you have an elderly loved one in need of care, you may be considering hiring someone to take care of your loved one wherever he or she resides. If your family employs a care giver, it is important to give that care giver specific, limited legal powers so that he or she may execute the job of taking care of your loved one effectively. Without your explicit permission, your care giver will not be legally empowered to undertake a number of tasks that may prove critical to his or her job description. For example, your loved one’s medical providers will likely not allow your care giver to authorize necessary medical treatment for your loved one unless you grant him or her explicit permission to do so. An elder care authorization form can help you achieve this important goal in clear, efficient ways. All you need to do is outline the legal powers you authorize your care giver to have and specify under which circumstances these powers may be exercised. For example, you may grant your care giver the authority to make medical decisions on behalf of your loved one only if you cannot be reached in order to give that permission yourself.


Before filling out your elder care authorization form, take some time to think about what kinds of legal authority you will need to extend to your care giver in limited ways so that he or she can perform job functions effectively. This form is primarily used for practical, day-to-day minor decision-making that may easily be made by a non-guardian/non-custodian but that still requires explicit permission. If you need your care giver to be able to make major decisions on behalf of your elderly loved one, please consider filling out a limited power of attorney form.

Alternative Names

Elder Care Authorization Letter
Elder Care Authorization Form