Appoint someone you trust to be your
When will my PD come into effect?
Your PD will state who must sign a Certificate of Incapacity to bring your PD into effect. Most people require some combination of their Agent plus one or two doctors.
How will my Agent make decisions?
Your Agent must consult with you to the extent possible when making personal decisions on your behalf. Obviously, the extent of the consultation will depend on your medical condition.
Can I change my mind?
Yes, you can revoke or replace your Personal Directive at any time, as long as you have capacity.
What if I recover the capacity to make personal decisions?
If you recover your capacity, your PD will no longer be in effect and you will be able to make your own personal decisions.
What is the Personal Directives Registry?
The Alberta Public Guardian and Trustee office maintains a registry where you can record contact information for yourself and your Agent. In an emergency, health care professionals can access the registry so they can contact your Agent.
What is a Personal Directive ("PD")?
Your Personal Directive is a document in which you name someone you trust to be your Agent, with the power to make medical and other personal decisions on your behalf if and when you become incapable of making the decisions yourself.
What can my Agent do after I lose capacity?
Can my Agent make end-of-life decisions?
Yes, you can give your Agent the authority to reduce the intensity of medical intervention and withhold or withdraw treatment to allow your life to come to its end if there is no medical expectation that you will recover.
Are there limits on the decisions my Agent can make?
Yes. Your Agent cannot consent to medical assistance in dying. As well, your Agent cannot consent to pychosurgery, sterilization that is not medically necessary to protect your health, removal of tissue for transplant, medical education or research, or research or experimentation with little or no potential benefit to you.
What characteristics should I look for in my Agent?
- is willing to do the job
- is trustworthy
- has the right knowledge and skills
will respect your beliefs, values and wishes will bs
Should I tell my Agent that I have appointed them?
Yes, you should tell your Agent that they have been appointed and talk to them about your beliefs, values and wishes, especially around end-of-life decisions.
Where should I keep my Personal Directive?
You should keep your Personal Directive somewhere where it will be easily accessable in the event of a medical emergency. You don't want to keep it in a safe deposit box at the bank.