If you cannot make your own lifestyle decisions because of an accident, illness or disability, you cannot always be sure that informal support networks or people important to you will be available or recognised when significant decisions need to be made on your behalf.
Sometimes there can be conflict among family members and friends about what is in your best interests or what your wishes would be. An enduring guardian is a substitute decision-maker of your choice, legally appointed by you, who can consider your thoughts and opinions (past and present), the views of professionals and other people important in your life, take into account the circumstances at the time and make decisions on your behalf should the need arise.
You can appoint a person who is an adult, that is someone 18 years or over. Given the important nature of this decision-making role, it is essential that the person you are considering appointing understands the responsibilities of an enduring guardian as a substitute decision-maker. The person you are appointing will be making lifestyle decisions on your behalf and it is important that you trust the person to be able to take into account your views and make decisions in your best interests.