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Health care and personal care planning

You can name someone to make health-care decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so. This person is called a substitute decision-maker.

Why is this important to discuss now?

As the disease progresses, your substitute decision-maker will have to make decisions about your care. For most people, making decisions on behalf of another person is difficult. By talking to your decision-maker now about the level of care you wish in the future, you will make those choices easier for your caregiver. You will also have the comfort of knowing that your future care will be in good hands.

If you think it would be helpful, write down your wishes. The Alzheimer Society can help you find out if your province/territory has legal documents regarding planning for future health care.

Even if you choose not to write things down or draw up a legal document, talk about these matters. Your verbal wishes can be just as valid. Let those closest to you know what you want and do not want for your future health and personal care.


Last Updated: 12/10/15
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