Why would I need this?
Even if an adult can make their own decisions, there may be times when they need help making personal decisions.
Supported decision-making allows for adults who still have capacity (the supported adult) to select up to three individuals (supporters) to help them make personal decisions – but not financial decisions.
This authorization could help a capable adult when they:
- Are facing difficult decisions and would like help in the decision-making process.
- Are having difficulties communicating in English.
- Have other communications difficulties.
- Have mild disabilities.
- Need help for a short time due to a temporary condition.
What can a supporter legally do?
A supporter has legal authority to:
- Access the adult's personal information needed to make a decision
- Help them communicate that decision
How do I start this process?
If you believe you would benefit from supported decision-making authorization, visit the Government of Alberta website for next steps and to access the authorization form.
A supported decision-making authorization form is not registered anywhere, so the supported adult and the supporter should each have a copy.
Hi, I’m Haitao and I just got my driver's licence. I’ve spoken to my parents about what kind of care I want if I'm in a serious car accident. I have also made decisions regarding organ and tissue donation. I’m a careful driver so I have no plans to get in an accident, but it’s smart to be prepared.