In the past, you may recall people talking about “living wills”. Living wills have been replaced in B.C. by a formal and very comprehensive document called a Representation Agreement.
By filling out and signing a Representation Agreement you appoint a representative who may legally handle your personal care and health care decisions if you become incapacitated and unable to make these kinds of decisions on your own. It also allows your representative to handle your day-to-day financial affairs. Unless your representative is your spouse, the Representation Agreement must name another person as a ‘monitor’ to help ensure the representative lives up to their duties.
The most common type of Representation Agreement is very broad in scope and covers complex legal, personal and health care matters including decisions such as refusing life support, invasive surgery, blood transfusions, etc., should you become terminally ill. It is a clear expression of your wishes which must be followed by medical staff when you are under medical care for your terminal condition or for a condition that you no longer have the mental capacity to give proper consent to your doctors for treatment or even “no treatment”. Without a Representation Agreement, it is difficult for your family to give instructions to your doctors about what treatment should be given or withheld, and it is difficult for your doctors to know who to take instructions from or what you would really want if you were capable of dealing with these matters yourself.
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