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Personal Health Care Decisions – Long Term Care

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As a capable adult, you make your own health care decisions.  

Talking with family, friends and your healthcare team about the care you want or do not want in the future guides them if there comes a time when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

People may lose the ability to make decisions about their own care when a health crisis occurs. 

With planning, you appoint someone to make decisions for you based on your previously expressed wishes. 

This substitute decision-maker (SDM) may be a close friend or family member. SDMs have defined roles and responsibilities under the law; namely they must honor the previously expressed wishes of the capable adult.

Please note that someone who has Power of Attorney (legal decisions) does not automatically assume decision-making powers for medical decisions. 

British Columbia has adult guardianship laws which ensure people’s rights and wishes are respected even when they are unable to communicate them.

The adult guardianship legislation has specific criteria about who is able to make decisions on your behalf.

For more information, please contact one of our Social Workers.