A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a legal document that gives someone the power to make decisions about your personal care, including your health care. This person is your attorney.
In Canada, attorney does not usually mean lawyer.
Your attorney can make decisions only if you become mentally incapable of making those decisions yourself.
Your attorney can make decisions about:
- personal care, such as where you live, what you eat, what you wear, your washing and bathing, and keeping you safe
- health care, including:
- agreeing to or refusing health-care treatments
- moving into a long-term care home
- getting personal assistance services in a long-term care home or retirement home
Learn more from CLEO, including where to find legal help regarding Power of Attorney concerns: https://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/power