Personal Directives

Personal directives involve making decisions about your future health care and treatment should you become unable to make decisions yourself. It usually involves talking with your family or loved ones about your wishes. It may also include talking to your family doctor, your lawyer and others who provide your health care.

The Government of Nova Scotia's website also provides information about personal directives in Nova Scotia.

Feel free to use the blank personal directive form found at the end of the following two patient pamphlets:

Things to remember

Your personal directive form must be signed, dated and witnessed. Your statement of personal wishes may include:

  • Types of treatments or technology (machinery) you would choose or refuse.
  • Your priorities for your health care.
  • Your cultural and religious beliefs.
  • Any other goals or values you wish your substitute decision-maker and those who provide your health care to know about.

Remember to bring a copy of your personal directive to the hospital with you.

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