What is a Power of Attorney for Personal Care? And is this something I need?
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the power to act on your behalf. This person is called your "attorney". In Canada the word "attorney" usually does not mean lawyer, as it does in the USA.
You can give someone a Power of Attorney for Personal Care if you want them to make personal care decisions on your behalf if you become mentally incapable of making them yourself. This is sometimes called a "personal power of attorney".
What are personal care decisions?
Personal care decisions are decisions about your health care and medical treatment, diet, housing, clothing, hygiene, and safety.
Why should I have a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?
If you become mentally incapable of making personal care decisions, someone else must make them for you. This person is called your "substitute decision-maker" (SDM).
For some decisions, including those about your medical treatment, the law says your doctor and other health care providers must get your substitute decision-maker's consent before taking action.
Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care lets you choose a person you trust to be your substitute decision-maker if you become mentally incapable in the future.
Making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is also a way to make sure your wishes about personal care decisions will be respected. It gives you a chance to say what you want and do not want. For example, if you do not want certain medical treatments if you get seriously ill, you can state this in your Power of Attorney.
If interested, you can
check this link
for more information as well as a download link for a Power of Attorney form. You can also check the database in the Owl's Perch for information about the Power of Attorney.