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Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is the process of making choices now, while the person is capable, about how a person wishes to be cared for in the future if he/she becomes incapable of making decisions. It is also about giving someone we trust the information and authority to act on those wishes for us. Personal care decisions are decisions about health care (including medical treatment), diet, housing, clothing, hygiene, and safety "A Power of Attorney for Personal Care (sometimes called a 'personal power of attorney') is a legal document. With this document you give someone the power to make personal care decisions on your behalf if you become mentally incapable of making them yourself. This person is called your 'attorney'. (He or she is not usually a lawyer - in Canada the word 'attorney' does not mean a lawyer, as it does in the U.S.A.)" Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO and Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), Power of Attorney for Personal Care, March 2001.