The Vancouver Island Health Authority recently updated its policy on advance directives; all individuals entering a residential care facility will need to complete one prior to admission. If this is not possible, then it will need to be completed as soon as possible after the person is settled in.
An advance health care directive is a legal document that states the express wishes of an adult regarding the type of medical intervention desired. There are three types of advance directives:
The Vancouver Island Health Authority has published a book called ―Let Me Decide‖ that describes advance directives in more detail. Call the Family Caregivers’ Network at 384-0408 for information on where you can obtain a copy or to view their library copy.