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B.C. appeal court refuses to halt dementia patient’s spoon feeding

Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has affirmed that a care facility is required to continue to offer food and fluids to a woman in the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease, even though her family says this contradicts her previously expressed wishes.

Counsel said the March 3 ruling, in Bentley (Litigation guardian of) v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society [2015] B.C.J. No. 367, is the first in Canada to grapple with a novel issue that that can arise when dementia patients who can’t verbally communicate are also...