Changes to Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admissions) Act formalize Advance Directives

The Ministry of Health has provided several resources which are posted in the side bar (on the right) to assist occupational therapists in learning about the changes to health care consent and advance care planning in B.C.

The changes include the formalization of Advance Directives as a binding legal document that allows a capable adult to provide consent or refusal to health care in advance of a time when the care may be needed. The new laws also allow capable adults to appoint a representative using an optional form without having to visit a lawyer or a notary public.

The Health Providers Guide to Consent to Health Care has been updated to reflect the addition of advance directive and will help OTs to understand the legal requirements for securing valid consent or refusal for health care for an adult.

If you have any questions, contact the Registrar Kathy Corbett.