Advance Directives

An advance directive is a document prepared in advance of serious illness which states your choices about medical treatment and/or names someone to make choices about medical treatment or names someone to make choices for you, if you become unable to make decisions. Through an advance directive, you can make legally valid decisions about future medical treatment.


Where can I get an advance directive?

Southeast Georgia Health System offers "Five Wishes", a living will that is accepted in 36 states, including Georgia. This document also addresses your personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as your medical wishes. Five Wishes is available on our Brunswick and Camden campuses at the Guest Services desks and the Admissions and Medical Records departments.

In addition, you may call 912-466-3261 to request a copy to be mailed to you. Due to copyright policies, we are not permitted to link Five Wishes on our website.

You can also obtain an advance directive by accessing the links listed below under "Additional Resources." 

If you plan to sign an advance directive while receiving treatment at a hospital, nursing facility, home health agency, or hospice program, you, or your family members, will be responsible for assuring witnesses, other than hospital, nursing facility, home health agency or hospice program personnel, are present when you sign the document.

Additional Resources:

http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/services/get-advance-directives

 http://www.nhdd.org/public-resources/