Advanced Directives, The Georgia Cancer Center
Advanced planning for medical care or refusal of treatment in emergency or life-or-death situations is an important way to ensure that a patient’s wishes are followed. It is important to complete an Advance Directive before it is needed. You may have many wishes about how you are treated and what happens if you are unable to speak for yourself in an emergency.
The following questions are important in deciding what you would like:
- Who should make decisions for you if you are unable to make them?
- What kind of medical care do you want and not want?
- How comfortable would you like to be?
- How would you like people to treat you?
- What would you like your loved ones to know?
The Department of Pastoral Counseling assists patients who wish to have more information concerning Advance Medical Directives. If a patient chooses to develop an advanced directive, the pastoral staff assists them in completing the necessary paperwork and placing the completed advanced directive into the appropriate chart. The pastoral staff has been trained in the Critical Decisions program and provides advanced directive assistance to the community through this program.
If you would like more information about Advance Directives or need help completing the forms, please ask to speak with a member of Pastoral Counseling. You may call the Department of Pastoral Counseling at 706.721.5110 or visit their website. The following resources can help in your decision making. Visit their websites to learn more.
Georgia Advance Directive
South Carolina Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney
Aging with Dignity Website
888.5 WISHES or 888.594.7437