Have you thought about what medical care you would like to
receive in the event you become unable to express your
wishes? More importantly, have you shared those thoughts with
loved ones and your medical professionals? Like making your
Will, planning for future incapacity can be difficult, and
discussing it with your loved ones may be
uncomfortable. But this is one area where it is
very much a case of an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of
cure. Discussions with your loved ones clearly setting out
your wishes on the types of medical care you wish to receive will
not only lessen the likelihood of conflict amongst your loved ones,
but will also allow them to make hard decisions knowing the
decision is truly in keeping with your wishes.
The guide includes practical advice and specific examples to use
as a starting point for your considerations and discussions.
While the larger decisions such as when or whether to refuse life
support are included, so are other considerations such as the
environment that would help you be comfortable (open windows, music
playing, family nearby, etc.). The guide includes a basic
discussion of three advance care planning options:
Representation Agreements, Advance Directives, and Enduring Powers
of Attorney. These are all documents that record your advance
care decisions in written form. The workbook included in the
guide (beginning at page 26) contains worksheets for you to
complete and then share with your loved ones, as well as precedents
of certain advance care options.
This resource provided by the BC government is an excellent
place to start considering you advance health care plan, and I
encourage you to do so.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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On March 31, 2014, BC's new Wills, Estates and Succession Act1 ("WESA") will come into force. WESA introduces new protections for beneficiaries of estates that are in danger of being disputed or deemed ineffective by a court.
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