It is possible that at some point you may be unable to make your own decisions about your medical care. Advance directives are a way of letting your family and doctors know about your health care wishes in advance.
On July 1, 2007, the documents known as Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care were replaced by The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care.
Any adult over the age of 18 or an emancipated minor and is of sound mind may execute an Advance Directive. This document lets an individual remain in control of his/her healthcare even if incapacitated by appointing an agent who will carry out health care decisions.
An attorney is not necessary for an advance directive – only two witnesses who must be of sound mind and at least 18 years of age.
For more information or to make an Advance Directive, notify your nurse, case management worker or patient advocate (x2282).