Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Personal advance health care directive

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:

  • Expression of health care preferences for a never- capable adult: for an adult who has never been capable of giving direction for health care decision making. It is completed by a designated proxy decision-maker.
  • Proxy expression of health care preference: for an adult who is no longer capable of giving direction for health care decision making. The person who has already been appointed as a Health Care Representative (see Section 14 for a discussion on Representation Agreements) completes it.
  • Personal advance health care directive: completed by the individual entering the facility. It assumes that he or she is capable of making decisions.

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.