Nova Scotia's law on advance health care directives changed on April 1, 2010, when the Personal Directives Act came into force.

It is a good idea to think about who you would want to make health care decisions for you if you are not capable of making these decisions yourself.  Anyone could lose this ability, even temporarily.

Health Care Treatment and Consent, part of 'It's in your hands: legal information for seniors and their families', is a good place to start for answers to some of the questions you may have about personal directives.  A personal directive allows you to choose who would make health care and other personal care decisions for you if you are not capable of doing so, and to give guidelines for that person to follow.

You will find more information about personal directives, including an information booklet, instructions for creating a personal directive and a sample form, on the Nova Scotia Department of Justice website at: