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Communicating Your Health Care Choices

Questions about medical care at the end of life are very important because of the ability of medical technology to prolong life and because of highly publicized court cases involving comatose or dying patients. The best way for you to be in control of your medical treatment in such a situation is to record your preferences in an Advanced Directive.

At SGMC, we use the Critical Conditions Planning Guide. By completing the steps outlined in this booklet, you can prepare yourself and loved ones to make these difficult decisions.

Advanced Directives - Frequently Asked Questions

•             What are Advance Directives?
•             What is a Living Will?
•             What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
•             What If I Have a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
•             What is a Directive for Final Health Care?
•             Are Advance Directives Just for "Senior Citizens?"
•             Can an Advance Directive be Changed?
•             What Does the Georgia Law Say About This Subject?
•             Will an Advance Directive be Honored in an Emergency?
•             Is it Difficult to Stop Treatment Once it has been Started?
•             Is There a Time Limit on How Long My Advance Directive is Valid?
•             Are There Any Limitations on Carrying Out the Instructions in My Directive if I Am Pregnant?
•             After I Complete an Advance Directive, What Do I Do With It?
•             Will My Georgia Advance Directive Be Honored If I am Admitted for Treatment in a Different State?
•             Can I Be Refused Admission to a Hospital if I Do Not Have an Advance Directive?
•             Does This Hospital Have a Policy About Advance Directives?
•             May a Provider Refuse to Implement My Directives?