A Personal Directive (PD) and Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) –Important and Under Utilised Tools in the Prevention of Elder Abuse (Session E)
Advanced Care Planning documents have socially been viewed as only important for individuals who are getting older, or have a terminal diagnosis. Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network (ESPCN) through its collaborative medical team model determined a need to raise awareness of these documents’ importance for individuals, aged 18 and older. More specifically, ensuring legal documentation is in place helps prevent and mitigate elder abuse. Brendan Klug, MSW, RSW, DCA has spent the past 12 years not only educating the community about the importance of
having a Personal Directive (PD) and Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), but also has assisted individuals with completing their personal advanced care planning documentation. This workshop will outline why everyone 18 and older should complete a PD and EPA; how ESPCN has made this service available to not only seniors, but to Albertans over 18 years of age; and will clarify how advanced care documentation completion can drastically reduce an individual’s risk of being a victim of Elder Abuse. Supplementary topics to be covered include how Capacity Assessments work, and what does Capacity mean when it comes to legal document creation versus having to apply for a Guardianship/Trusteeship Order.