DESK REVIEWS | Advance care directives, power of attorney or guardianship

DESK REVIEW | Advance care directives, power of attorney or guardianship

The chapter of information and advice provision (Chapter 4.2.5) mentions the importance of long-term care and advanced care planning at an earlier stage. Clinicians should explain the legal provision and discuss with persons with dementia and their families for medical, financial, and legal decision making. For advance care directives and enduring powers of attorney, it should be made when the older person is mentally capable. For guardianship order, it should be used to promote the interests of the mental incapacitated person who can only grant limited powers to a guardian (Department of Health, 2017b, p. 26).


Department of Health. (2017b). Hong Kong Reference Framework for Preventive Care for Older Adults in Primary Care Settings: Module on Cognitive Impairment. Retrieved from

No, the guideline does not mention this.

It is not mentioned in the clinical practice guidelines.