Planning Ahead: Advance Care Planning

Part 3: Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney is an important legal document you can use to appoint someone to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf.  If you are the one passing the authority to someone else you are called the donor. The person you pass the authority to is called the attorney. An Enduring Power of Attorney is "enduring" because its power continues after the donor becomes mentally incapacitated or it can take effect after the donor becomes mentally incapacitated.

Here we have a conversation with lawyer, Doris Bonora.  It is one of four videos in this session where we find out what legal and financial documents need to be prepared and what needs to be done to ensure the concerns and wishes of the person living with dementia are met.

In this video, Doris explains the importance of an Enduring Power of Attorney. 

Feel free to make some notes as you listen.

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Segment with Lawyer: Power of Attorney

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Key Points

An Enduring Power of Attorney deals with financial matters.  The Personal Directive deals with personal matters, such as where you live and the medical treatment you will receive.

Learn more about Personal Directives under part 4 of this session.

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More Learning Resources

Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CLPEA): planning for future care

Government of Alberta – Office of Public Guardian: Enduring power of attorney

Decision making and respecting independence

All About Me: booklet designed for people living with dementia, to help them create a record of their background and what is important to them