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Once you have completed your plan, give copies of your plan to your doctor and those who are close to you.
It is a legal document
A written advance care plan is legally recognized under common law and must be honoured by your doctor and substitute decision maker.
You are not locked into your plan
You can change your advance care plan at any time while you are still capable of making decisions – you are not locked into your plan. If you do so, give new copies to your health care providers, representative (if you have one), family and friends.
A power of attorney cannot make health care decisions
In British Columbia, your power of attorney can only make legal and financial decisions for you. They cannot make decisions about health care.
Visit our Resources section for more information on advance care planning.