Power of Attorney: Advance Directions for Care and Financial Decisions (who decides and how decisions are made)

October 16, 2023
1:00 – 2:00 PM

In this session, participants will learn:

  • What is a Power of Attorney for Personal Care & a Power of Attorney for Property (Finances)?
  • What type of decisions and guidance can be set out in POA documents?
  • Who can make POA documents and what are the requirements for the POA documents to be valid?
  • When does a POA come into effect and how can it be revoked?
  • What is a substitute decision maker, and how must they make decisions about my care or finances?
  • Why are POA documents important?
  • How can we address ageism and meaningfully communicate our wishes to family and friends who will make decisions when we are no longer able to do so?

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


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Melanie de Wit

Chief Legal Officer, Unity Health

Melanie de Wit has been a lawyer working on behalf of hospitals and healthcare providers for 15 years, currently as Chief Legal Officer at Unity Health Toronto. She received her Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Public Health at John Hopkins University. Currently the Chair of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network Legal table, Melanie also teaches health law and risk management within the health administration and patient safety graduate programs of the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Melanie is passionate about responsible innovation in healthcare, and recently designed a public/private collaboration involving the development of artificial intelligence tools in healthcare.

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