Advance care planning includes two important parts: talking with your loved ones and health care providers and documenting your wishes with an Advance Directive.
Advance care planning is a process that allows individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care plans provide direction to family members and healthcare professionals when a person cannot make and/or communicate their own wishes.

Advance Care Planning.

Imagine you are lying in a hospital bed unconscious and not able to speak for yourself.  Decisions need to be made about medical treatments to prolong your life.  How would your loved ones feel about having to make these decisions? Would they know what you want?  Those who have faced this situation can tell you how hard it is.  They will also tell you how much they wish they had known what their loved one wanted.  Don’t let this happen to your family.  Talk to them about your final health care choices. Advance care planning is a process that lets you make plans about your future health care and give the gift of peace of mind to your loved ones. 

The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care is the legal format for expressing your wishes for your future health care.The document allows you to legally appoint someone to make health care decisions for you and formally state your preferences for the medical treatments you do and do not want.