Nova Scotians will have greater control over personal-care decisions under legislation introduced today, May 9. The Personal Directives Act will provide Nova Scotians an opportunity to make certain personal-care decisions in advance, including health-care decisions. Individuals will be able to give instructions and express their wishes about how personal-care decisions are to be made in the event they become incapacitated. In addition, individuals will be able to appoint a delegate to make decisions on personal-care matters. The legislation will also provide instruction on the choice of a substitute decision-maker, if a personal directive has not been created. “It is a sad fact of life that sometimes illness or injury occurs suddenly and without warning,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. “This legislation will allow people a further measure of control at a time when they may otherwise be vulnerable.” Personal-care decisions include matters such as health care, home-care services, nutrition, shelter, residence, clothing, comforts, social activities and support services. “This legislation will enable Nova Scotians to prepare for a time when they may no longer be capable of making personal-care decisions, including health care and residence,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont.