This publication provides general information about Powers of Attorney that deal with finances and property, and general information about joint bank accounts. As laws dealing with Powers of Attorney are specific to each province and territory, it is important to understand the laws where you live before making any decisions. It is also important, before opening a joint bank account, to understand the legal consequences associated with such accounts. 24 pages. Last reviewed June 2018.

This American white paper aims to provide a context for approaching the challenge of evaluating the capacity for sexual activity by persons with dementia living in long-term care and focuses on the ethical, clinical and administrative aspects of this issue.  

Alzheimer’s is one of the main forms of dementia, which involves impaired brain function, the loss of short-term memory, and trouble completing even basic, familiar daily tasks. Caring for family members with this disease can take an emotional as well as financial toll on families. Arranging for the care of a person suffering from dementia can be complex and expensive. Adding to that complexity, patients are often unable to manage or understand their finances.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent in Ontario.  2 pages.

This is a pdf copy of a presentation given by Mark Handelman for the Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging about important considerations regarding capacity, consent and CCB hearings. Mark is one of Ontario's first members of the official Guardian Child Representation Program. Mark was appointed to the Consent & Capacity Board in 1998 and became a vice chair and senior lawyer member in 2000. He is also a lawyer member of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and a member of the Law Commission of Ontario Advisory Committee on end of life decisions. 61 slides. Last reviewed March 2017.

This pdf handout is intended as a helpful resource to address commonly asked questions and answers related to Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent in Ontario.  A number of relevant resources are linked to in order to provide more in depth information. 5 pages. Last reviewed February 2017.

Nous offrons une panoplie de ressources éducatives pour favoriser la Planification Préalable des Soins et la Compréhension du Consentement aux soins de santé (cours en ligne, webinaires, documentation, etc.), et nous organisons des événements en face-à-face destinés à des auditoires particuliers: Aînés, Familles, Soignants Informels et Fournisseurs de Soins de Santé.

This qualitative study and discussion paper focuses on the relationship between suffering and capacity for patients at the end of their lives.  The researchers conducted interviews with 14 health care providers in Ontario who have expertise in treating patients at the end-of-life.  The initial findings were categorized into three areas (a) provider perspectives on the relationship between suffering and capacity; (b) suffering is beyond the patient; and (c) disparities between the end of life care context and the legal notion of capacity.

This research paper reviews the legal framework within Ontario, positioning Advance Care Planning (ACP), Goals of Care (GOC) and Health Care Consent (HCC) as part of the person-centred decision making process.  It also clarifies the linkages between informed consent, ACP and GOC, highlighting the conncections to the Health Care Consent Act.  91 pages.  Last reviewed January 4, 2017.

Un mandataire est une personne que vous aurez choisie pour prendre des décisions médicales en votre nom si vous en êtes incapable. C’est une partie importante de la planification préalable des soins, qui est une démarche de réflexion et de communication de vos volontés en matière de soins personnels et de santé pour l’avenir. Les prescriptions juridiques concernant la désignation d’un mandataire varient suivant la province ou le territoire.

A Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) is someone you have chosen to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. This is an important part of Advance Care Planning, which is a process of thinking and communicating your wishes for personal care and health for the future. The legal requirements for appointing a SDM vary by province or territory.