A brief guide to legal healthcare documents

Guardianship: Appointed when a person becomes incapacitated, the guardian has authority to make decisions pertinent to person’s support, care, education, and healthcare treatment decisions.

Conservatorship: Appointed when a person becomes incapacitated, a conservator has authority to manage real and personal property of an individual.

Healthcare Proxy (HCP): Created

A Massachusetts Rogers Order, more formally known as Rogers Guardianship Order is an order issued by the court allowing a healthcare provider to treat a mental health patient with extraordinary treatment. Extraordinary medical treatment includes the administration of antipsychotic medication, sterilization, abortion, electroconvulsive therapy, psychosurgery and removal of artificial maintenance of nutrition or hydration,