Advance directives are documents written in advance of serious illness which state your choices about medical treatment or name someone to make choices about medical treatment or name some-one to make choices for you, if you become unable to make decisions. Through advance directives such as living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care, you can make legally valid decisions about future medical treatment.
Where can I get forms for advance directives?
You can obtain Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for health care forms by writing the Medical Association of Georgia, the State Bar Association, the Georgia Hospital Association or your local hospital. You can also download and print the Five Wishes Document , a living will accepted in 36 states, including Georgia. This document also addresses your personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as your medical wishes. If you plan to sign the documents 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 documents. There are special requirements for a physician’s signature if the Durable Power of Attorney for health care is executed in an institution.