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The Department of Justice is collaborating with the Department of Health, the Department of Community Services and Office of the Public Trustee to implement the Personal Directives Act.
This Act enables Nova Scotians to document their wishes regarding what personal care decisions are made for them, and/or who makes them, in the event that they are incapacitated and are unable to make these decisions themselves. Personal care decisions include those related to health care, nutrition, hydration, shelter, residence, clothing, hygiene, safety, comfort, recreation, social activities and support services. The Personal Directives Act enables three things:
Planning for the future is important. You should think about who you want to make decisions for you if you are not capable (temporarily or permanently) to make them yourself.
Planning for your Future Personal Care Choices – brief introduction and overview pamphlet
Personal Directives in Nova Scotia – general information booklet about the Personal Directives Act.
Making Personal Care Decisions for a Loved One” – information on how to choose a substitute decision maker
Making a Personal Directive – explanatory information and form to be used
Naming a Delegate Only in a Personal Directive – brief information and form to be used
The Vital Statistics Act requires that all deaths which occur in the province of Nova Scotia be registered with the office of Vital Statistics. Funeral Directors are responsible to obtain the personal particulars of the deceased, complete the Death Registration form and submit it along with any necessary medical documentation to Vital Statistics for processing. Any information that is collected on the Death Registration form is collected under the authority of the Vital Statistics Act, and will be used to register the death, update or amend other vital event records, provide extracts or search notices for administrative, statistical, research, medical and law enforcement purposes.
A guide to the organizations and affairs that should be dealt with following a death. To view and/or download, please click on the title or image.
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Senior Citizens’ Financial Aid Act – copy of legislation / statute
Senior Citizens Social Services Act – copy of legislation / statute
Senior Citizens Secretariat Act – copy of legislation / statute
Social Assistance Act – copy of legislation / statute