Power of Attorney for Personal Care

Similar to a Power of Attorney for Property, you may appoint one or more persons to act on your behalf (and if more than one “Jointly” or “Jointly and Severally”). Again, a replacement is recommended to step in if something happens to your first choice.

Unlike a Power of Attorney for Property, your Power of Attorney for Personal Care can only be used if you are medically “assessed” as being incapable of making that particular decision. This makes sense as these decisions are the most intimately personal decisions that you will ever make and you will be in a health care environment and an “Assessor” will close at hand. In your Power of Attorney for Personal Care you will specify an order of priority as to which are your preferred assessors – typically your family physician, your treating physician or psychiatrist.