My mom is my legal representative
In British Columbia, personal planning is for all adults, based on their need for support not their competence. This is important for my son, who does not speak. As his legal representative I can help him be his own person and protect his rights. This provides an alternative to adult guardianship which would remove his rights and declare him a non-person.
I’m not waiting for a crisis
Through personal planning you can make your own legally enforceable arrangements with those you trust. This prevents the government or others you would not want from becoming involved in your personal and private affairs. Personal planning lets you stay in control.
It’s about dignity and respect
Personal planning gives us peace of mind. As a caregiver, my main concern is to ensure quality-of-life to the end-of-life at home or in a facility. And if something happens to me, I need to know someone else can carry on with no disruption in care for my loved one.