Power of Attorney for Personal Care: Safeguard Wishes and Take Steps to Prevent Abuse

Recorded on January 19, 2023

CLEO in partnership with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario held an informative session to discuss key issues when creating a Power of Attorney for Personal Care. Participants learned what is needed to help prevent abuse and protect wishes about healthcare, housing, and safety.

Participants also learned how to use CLEO’s Power of Attorney Guided Pathway, an easy-to-use online tool that helps create a Power of Attorney.

Megan Stuckey, Lawyer with Advocacy North for Elders & Seniors and the Sudbury Community Legal Clinic

Corrections to Recording

  • Slide 36, “presumed 16+” amended to “presumed”
    • Correction to verbal presentation: Under the Health Care Consent Act, s. 4(2), an individual is presumed to have capacity to consent to treatment, regardless of age. Capacity to consent to personal care decisions is presumed in individuals 16+, under the Substitute Decisions Act, s. 2(2).
  • Slide 37, “Understand the reasonable foreseeable consequences” amended to “appreciate the reasonable foreseeable consequences”
  • Slide 44, Amended to “There is no specific provision for compensation of attorney for personal care in the Substitute Decision Act (there is for the attorney for property). However, your attorney may be compensated if stipulated in the POA.”
    • Correction to verbal presentation: An attorney for personal care can be compensated if the grantor stipulates this in the POA.

NOTE: We have provided a HANDOUT on important resources and supports from the webinar in PDF form below, along with the recording and PowerPoint slides.

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