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.
Georgia Advance Directive