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What is a personal directive?

A personal directive is a document that tells healthcare providers what you would like them to do in case you are ever unable to communicate or make personal decisions. It includes all your wishes, values, and preferences for your medical care, treatment, medications, and living options. It allows you to have control over your own healthcare in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself.

A personal directive may be optional but if you're over the age of 18 it is highly recommended. This document provides the names of a person or person(s) who will make decisions for you. They are called an "Agent". The personal directive only comes into effect if you are found to lack the ability to make your own decisions.

Things to consider

Before writing your personal directive it is important to come up with a plan and speak to your agent (person(s) you set to make decisions for you).

Some things to consider would be:

  • Whom you would live with

  • Medical treatments you wish to be continued or not continued

  • If your children are minors who would care for them

  • Any personal or legal decisions.

  • Where you would choose to live

Preparing a personal directive

Talk to your agent (Be sure they agree to be your agent and have what your instructions will be.)

  1. Write your personal directive

  2. Fill out the form (Instruction Sheet for Personal Directives) (Personal Directive) This form is used as a template. "You can use the above Personal Directive form as a guide and write your own personal directive without the form." Also, be sure to get legal advice.

  3. Sign form

  4. Make additional Copies

  5. Submit Form


Submit Form To:

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

4th floor, John E. Brownlee Building

10365 97 Street NW

Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3Z8

Fax: 780-422-6051


Alberta Law Office can assist you with any personal directive. Contact us today and receive more information regarding this service. 

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