Advanced Care Planning
Communicate your treatment decisions to doctors and loved ones
At Wellstar, our goal is to give you the tools and resources you need to make healthcare plans that reflect your values and wishes. Through advance care planning, we can help you ensure your medical treatment decisions are honored, even if you’re unable to communicate those decisions.
Complete Your Advance Directive
An Advance Directive is a legal document that can help you make your treatment wishes known. It also allows you to designate someone as your Healthcare Agent, which is the person who will make treatment decisions for you if you’re not able to do so. Learn more about choosing a healthcare agent.
Together, with you and your family, we’ll create the advanced care plan that’s right for you.
- Download and complete a Georgia Advance Directive Form (Spanish version) (Chinese version).
- Sign and date the document. In addition to your signature, two witnesses must sign and date the document. The witnesses:
- Cannot be a person you’ve chosen as your Healthcare Agent or backup Healthcare Agent.
- Cannot be someone who will knowingly inherit anything from you or gain a financial benefit from your death.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Only one witness can be a healthcare employee. The healthcare employee cannot be directly involved in the patient’s care or potentially involved in future care.
- Once the document is signed, you should make copies and provide them to your:
- Healthcare agent(s)
- Primary care provider
- Any other parties that you think should have a copy of the document
I Finished My Advance Directive...Now What?
- Give a copy of your advance directive to your primary healthcare agent, backup agent(s) and other important family members.
- Give a copy of your advance directive to your Wellstar physician and any physician you may have outside of Wellstar Health System. Ask them to scan it into your medical record.
- Talk to your agent(s), family and loved ones about your advance directive. Specifically, discuss who your healthcare agent is and what your wishes are.
- Keep a copy of your advance directive where it can be easily found. Also, tell your family members where they can find it.
- If you haven’t already given a copy to your Wellstar physician, make sure to bring a copy with you if you go to the hospital. Ask for it to be put into your medical record.