When diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness or condition, you should discuss the likely progression of the disease with your advocate and your doctor and consider creating a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment).
The POLST is a more powerful document than the Advance Directive, since it is a doctor's order and not just a statement of your wishes.
Set Your Priorities
The next conversation should be with the person you choose to make decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself. This person needs to know your wishes and fears.
Even with a designated advocate, an Advance Directive and even a POLST in place, our modern health care system may not always respect your wishes if your advocate is not well-informed, present and persistent.
You and your advocate should also learn about Palliative Care, a team approach to health care that focuses on the whole patient, not just the failing organ or chronic condition.
The first conversation is the one that you have with yourself. How would you like to be cared for toward the end of your life? What is important to you? What are your fears and concerns?
Document Your Choice
Choose an Advocate
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In the next conversation you should consider and document your general treatment preferences regarding life support. This is Part Two of the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care.
These are general preferences that are not directly related to any specific illness or condition.
Designate your choice of advocate by completing Part One of the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care form.
Life Threatening Illness
A public engagement campaign dedicated to ensuring that every person’s wishes for end-of-life care are expressed and respected.