This is very similar to a Continuing Power of Attorney, but this one is specific to personal care, which includes safety, nutrition, shelter, hygiene, etc. Under the Ontario Health Care Consent Act, 1996, this Power of Attorney is second only to the Guardian of the Person. The Grantor can only give a Power of Attorney for Personal Care if he or she understands the impact of allowing another person the decision-making power. It may contain provisions for one or more representatives and for alternates. This Power of Attorney for Personal Care can be revoked at any time, as long as the Grantor is capable of making that decision.
If there is no Power of Attorney for Personal Care and a person becomes unable to manage on their own, a court order can be issued.
Certainly, there are benefits to this document:
> Selection of the person or persons to take care of them.
> Imposing any restrictions
> Saving time and money by not going through the court system.