substitute decision maker (SDM)

 this is a person you ask to make healthcare decisions for you in case you aren't able to

is someone who can legally make decisions for you when you aren’t able to make them for yourself (i.e., not capable). This is a person you trust and know very well. It’s someone who will honour your values and wishes concerning your care. You can choose to appoint anyone who is willing and able to act on your behalf to be your substitute decision maker except:

  • Someone who is paid to provide you with personal care;
  • Your health care provider;
  • Someone who is under the age of 16 years; or
  • Someone who is mentally incapable. (This means they can’t understand the information they need to make the decision or what may happen as a result of the decision).