Guiding Principles

Early on in the process of developing the new legislation, it was acknowledged that the best guarantee of a secure quality of life for any adult is the active involvement of caring and committed people in their life.

The Acts are based upon some important guiding principles and presumptions.

Self determination and choice

All adults are entitled to live in the manner they wish and to accept or refuse support, assistance or protection as long as they do not harm others and they are capable of making decisions about those matters.

Most effective but least intrusive support

All adults should receive the most effective, but least restrictive and intrusive, form of support, assistance or protection when they are unable to care for themselves or their assets.

Court is a last resort

The court should not be asked to appoint, and should not appoint, decision-makers or guardians unless alternatives, such as provision of support and assistance, have been carefully considered.

Adults are presumed capable

Every adult is presumed to be capable of making decisions about personal care, health care, legal matters or about the adult’s financial affairs, business or assets until the contrary is demonstrated.

Different ways of communicating

An adult’s way of communicating with others is not grounds for deciding that he or she is incapable of making decisions.

Do you want to learn more about CRNs or the original Pilot Projects? Our Team Leaders and Mentors can help you on both subjects. For more about CRNs you can find information in the Resources section of this web site and, in particular, the Community Response Network Tool Kit.