Archives: Glossary terms

Power of Attorney for Personal Care

A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a legal document that lets you name someone to make decisions for you if you become mentally incapable. It’s sometimes called a “personal power of attorney”.
You’re called the grantor. The person you name is called your attorney.
Your attorney can make:

decisions about your personal care,

capacity assessor

A capacity assessor is someone who has special training and has been approved by the government to decide if people are mentally incapable. This can be a doctor, nurse, psychologist, occupational therapist, or social worker. They assess a person’s mental capacity and decide if the person is able to make decisions about their property,

mentally incapable

Capacity means being mentally able to make decisions. How this is tested depends on whether the decision is about:

personal care, such as bathing and getting dressed
health care and medical treatment
property and finances

Capacity also depends on the type of document you want to prepare,  for example:

a Power of Attorney for Property
a Power of Attorney for Personal Care
a will

extrajudicial sanctions

Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJSs) are a type of youth diversion.
Diversion is when criminal charges are taken out of the court and dealt with in a more informal way. That means dealing with your charges without having a trial or pleading guilty. If you accept EJS, your court case is put on hold while you:

attend a program
take a course,

extrajudicial measures

Extrajudicial Measures (EJMs) are a type of youth diversion.
Diversion is when criminal charges are taken out of the court and dealt with in a more informal way. That means dealing with your charges without having a trial or pleading guilty. If you accept EJM, your court case is put on hold while you:

attend a program
take a course,

involuntary patient

You’re an involuntary patient if your doctor signs a “certificate of involuntary admission”. This can only happen after your doctor:

examines you to confirm you currently have a mental disorder or you have a mental disorder that comes and goes, and
believes that your mental disorder will cause serious harm to you or someone else unless you stay in a psychiatric facility.

psychiatric patient

A psychiatric patient is a person who is being observed, cared for, or treated for their mental health in a psychiatric facility. Some psychiatric patients may be able to live at home and visit the psychiatric facility when they need to. Some psychiatric patients may need to be detained at the psychiatric facility.

psychiatric facility

A psychiatric facility is a place where patients are treated for their mental health. The health-care providers who work at psychiatric facilities usually have special training to work with mental health patients. For example, psychiatrists and psychologists. If a psychiatric patient needs to be detained,

detained

If you’re detained, it means you’re not allowed to leave a place such as a psychiatric facility or jail. It means you have to stay there even if you don’t want to. The law gives some people, such as the police or your doctor, the right to detain you in certain situations.

psychiatric assessment

A psychiatric assessment is when a psychiatrist observes and listens to a person to figure out if the person has any mental health issues. An assessment is not the same thing as treatment. Treatment involves trying to improve the person’s health or stop the person’s health from getting worse.

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