Advance care planning is about expressing your wishes, while you are capable, about how you wish to be cared for in the future. It is also about giving someone you trust information regarding your wishes and the authority to make decisions for you in the future if you are not capable of doing so yourself. At a time when you are not capable of making decisions the person legally responsible for making decisions for you is called a Substitute Decision Maker.
A Power of Attorney is a document naming the person you wish to be your Substitute Decision Maker. A copy of your Advance Care Plan
or Power of Attorney documentation may be requested to assist your team in planning for your care. If you have questions about Advanced Care Planning or Powers of Attorney, or if you have a document prepared, please inform your healthcare team.