Planning Ahead and Staying Safe: A Guide for Indigenous Seniors

Many Island families experience abuse or violence at home. Anyone can be a victim of abuse, but seniors, and Indigenous seniors especially, can be the most vulnerable. Often, a person is abused by someone they know well, like a family member, friend, or caregiver.

Planning ahead means planning for a time when you may be unable to make important decisions about your health, finances or legal affairs. Planning ahead may prevent abuse and ensure that your wishes are followed. This publication explains how you can plan ahead with:
• Wills
• Powers of Attorney
• Health Care Directives
• And other steps

Having these legal documents in place can protect you from abuse and ensure your wishes are followed, even when you are unable to communicate. You can choose someone you trust to speak on your behalf when you can’t speak for yourself.