Many people dread having an Advance Care Planning conversation because they don’t want to think about themselves or their loved one being too ill or injured to speak for themselves or about eventually losing that person. But, Advance Care Planning discussions aren’t just about end-of-life. Anyone, at any time, at any age could find themselves […]
So, You Have Been Asked to Be a Substitute Decision Maker – Now What?
Being a Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) is an important role to play in someone’s life. If a person becomes mentally incapable of making their own health care decisions, either temporarily or permanently, their legal SDM will be called upon to speak for them. No one can be forced to act as an SDM, so it […]
Three Things to Consider in Choosing Your Substitute Decision Maker
Your Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) is the person who will make health care decisions for you if a time comes when you are unable to speak for yourself. Do you know who that person is? Are you sure it’s the right person? In Ontario, a health care provider can only take consent from a person, […]