Personal Care Directives

In the 1990’s the law was amended to permit individuals inOntarioto appoint someone else to make medical and health decisions on their behalf in the event of mental incapacity.  You are also permitted to provide specific instructions as to the types of care and treatment which you are to receive.

For individuals who have no immediate health concerns, this document is usually referred to as a Personal Care Directive or POA for Personal Care.

For individuals who have active health concerns or suffering from life-threatening conditions, such as cancer or AIDs, they may have specific and detailed instructions with respect their care and treatment.  These instructions can be set out in writing and will be legally binding in the event of your incapacity.  This document is also referred to as a Living Will.