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My mom is in the hospital and she might need to go to a nursing home. Can we fill out the forms and arrange it without bothering her with the information or does she have to be involved in the planning?
Stan G Ottawa, ON

No decision can or should be made for someone who is competent without their consent. As well, as part of the application package for CCAC (Community Care Access Centre), if the person is deemed capable they must sign the form themselves. It is simply not fair to your mother, if she is capable of understanding, to make such a monumental decision without her knowledge. As difficult a process as it is, she needs to know and be involved in it. It is simply not right to send her straight to a nursing home from a hospital without explanation or a chance for her to understand why or where she is going.
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