The term “substitute decision maker” refers to a person chosen to make health decisions that you would make, if you are unable to: often a spouse, a son, or daughter, or other relative in accordance with the law.
Anyone receiving health care services through Northern Health will often be required to sign a consent for services, and consent to share your personal information for the purpose of providing services. In the event a client, patient or resident is unable sign on their own behalf, a substitute decision maker would be asked to express your decisions and sign consent forms on your behalf.
Choosing a reliable substitute decision maker or health representative is an important decision in planning for your future health care needs. You are encouraged to discuss this topic with your family members and your health care provider.