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What if you can’t speak for yourself anymore?

We all hope to live a long and healthy life, in control of every aspect of what we do. Hope is good, perhaps better to think about the alternative for a few minutes in the event you are not able to speak for yourself anymore. Who will make decisions for you about your health or your finances while you’re alive but no longer able to articulate your wishes anymore? Consider to have a substitute decision maker appointed

Appointing a substitute decision-maker is about incapacity planning. It’s not pleasant to think that there may be a time when you’re unable to make certain decisions for yourself. It makes good sense to plan for such a time, just in case. That way, trusted family members or friends will be able to make legal, financial, or medical decisions for you according to your wishes.

Power of Attorneypower of attorney advanced care planning

A power of attorney is a legal document that appoints another person, called an “attorney,” to deal with your business and property and to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf. A power of attorney can be very specific or very broad. A power of attorney ends if you become mentally incapable. If you want the power of attorney to continue even if you become mentally incapable of making financial decisions, you should make an enduring power of attorney.

Enduring Power of Attorney

An enduring power of attorney is a legal document that appoints another person to make financial and legal decisions for you. An enduring power of attorney will continue even if you become mentally incapable of making decisions. It is different from an ordinary (non-enduring) power of attorney, which ends if you become mentally incapable.

Representation Agreements

With a representation agreement, you can choose someone you trust to be your legal representative, who may make decisions for you if you are incapable of doing so on your own. A representative may be given decision-making authority for your personal care and health care, and, in some cases, the routine management of your financial affairs, including legal matters. That person can be a family member, friend, or someone else.

Advance Care Planning (Making Future Health Care Decisions)

On September 1, 2011, B.C.’s personal planning laws changed. Now, capable adults can name a representative and/or make an advance directive, without visiting a lawyer or notary public, to ensure their future health care decisions are respected. All adults in B.C. are encouraged to do advance care planning to make their wishes and decisions known for their future health care treatment.

Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, and talking over with close family, friends, and your health care provider, your beliefs, values and wishes for future health care treatment in the event of incapability. When you write your wishes or instructions down, you are making an advance care plan.


You can find more information and resources about this subject at SeniorsBC

Teunis Schouten, Owner at B Cared For Services

Remembrance Day, time to reflect and act.

This Remembrance Day take some time to reflect the freedom you experience each day. This freedom did not come without sacrifice. When you meet a Veteran please take a minute to express your gratitude.

“Thank You!”

Our veterans have been actively fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. Because of their efforts, drive and determination we as a nation live in peace and safety. Together with our Veterans and others in Generations ahead of us, we now can move around Remembrance Day Hounour our Veteransfreely by car to plane. We have infrastructure to provide for our daily basic needs, heat, clean drinking water and electricity. We have access to medical care and enjoy high quality education; Roads and bridges to get us where we need to go.

We often take all of this for granted, but the freedom and comfort we enjoy now is hard fought and worked for by the generation we often overlook or forget. I’d like dedicate this article as a form of gratitude to the veterans and generations ahead of us who worked hard, persevered and found a way to make this world a better place.

We need to look after the generations ahead of us in our society in an honorable way. Our government should not forget about the generation that worked for what we have now, nor should we. Take some time this week and honour your grandparents, honour your parents perhaps even with a simple ‘thank you’. It is time show our support for the Veterans and the generations ahead of us, we care for them, assist them to live a life worth living for.

“Show Gratitude!”

Attend a local Remembrance Day service with your family to show gratitude and respect to those who gave their lives for your freedom.

Reflect and act!

Teunis Schouten, Owner at B Cared For Services

Respect the Generations ahead of us!

Many of us when we were growing up were taught to respect our elders. Home Support Providing a helping hand to the generations ahead of us.

Today as our parents are aging, they deserve our respect but also our help. These are the people who made sure all of our needs were met when we were growing up and it is our turn to give back and help our elders. Many seniors today wish to remain in their own homes instead of going into a care home. And today, thankfully because of medical science the generations ahead of us are healthy enough to be able to stay at home. A great way to assist the people who went ahead of us to stay in their home is to provide some of the little things they may lack. Perhaps a light is out on the porch and going up a ladder is not something you would want your parent or old friend to do. Maybe your parent would like some company as they prepare a meal? A short friendly visit can go a long way to alleviate loneliness. Getting the house ready for winter by repairing or replacing boards or windows would be a big help.

Today we should not only respect the Generations ahead of Us, we need to care for them as well.
Lilianne Fuller, Relationship Manager at B Cared For Services