While ensuring one’s preferences are known and respected should be the primary motivator for advance care planning, it has social benefits as well. Healthcare budgets are escalating and healthcare providers are often overworked and under-staffed. With baby boomers approaching a stage in life when they are more likely to need care, the squeeze on resources will inevitably increase.
“Advance care planning is a cost-effective measure that we can take to ease our own hearts and minds and at the same time relieve growing pressure on our healthcare system,” says David Watts, a Notary in downtown Vancouver. “Advance care plans say what we want in terms of healthcare decisions and who we want to make those decisions; eliminating the need for unnecessary and often unwanted and costly steps.”
The Society of Notaries Public of BC represents more than 320 highly trained Notary professionals. Most have locally owned and operated offices and all provide personal assistance to clients around the province. Individuals, families, and businesses seek the services of BC Notaries for a wide range of non-contentious legal matters, including residential and commercial real estate transfers, mortgage refinancing, Wills and advanced healthcare planning, powers of attorney, and other important documents.
The Notary’s Tradition of Trust spans 2000 years. Notaries first came to British Columbia over 100 years ago. They continue to serve their valued clients and their communities across the province.
Editors: Local Notaries are available in many areas of BC to talk about the importance of Advance Care Planning and what people should think about regarding their potential future health care needs.
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