Baby Boomers Prepare Legally for Future Health Care

As Active Adults, we look forward to a bright future, spent with family and friends, pursuing hobbies and interests, and enjoying robust health. We prepare for these “best years of our lives” with financial planning, but experts advise planning for health care as well.

In 2007, the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care Act came into effect, creating a single document allowing an individual to specify their health care wishes, including appointment of a person of their choosing to speak on their behalf, and to act as guardian, if necessary.

While not required in Georgia, a Georgia Advance Directive for Health ensures that the wishes of an individual are executed in terms of any care, treatment, service or procedure used to maintain, diagnose, treat or provide for physical or mental health or personal care in a hospital, skilled nursing or hospice facility, institution, home, residential or nursing facility or treatment facility. The Advance Directive for Health is also the written document outlining an individual’s desires for treatment by a physician or other licensed, certified or other authorized person to provide health care.

The document includes the best features of both the Living Will and the Health Care Power of Attorney written documents, which were recognized separately prior to July 1, 2007.

The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care feature is the written designation of a person to act on behalf of an individual in terms of health care decisions, including consent or refusal of treatment, or withdrawal of treatment.

Any adult of sound mind can create a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, and may appoint any responsible adult they choose to act as their Designated Health Care Agent, with the exception of a physician or health care practitioner who is directly involved in their care.

Being prepared for our future health care provides peace of mind, allowing us to approach our retirement or “next chapter” with the same gusto with which we plan a vacation, resume or take up a new hobby, even purchase our dream homes.

At Windsong, our philosophy is to provide peace of mind in terms of your home and community. Luxury features include stepless entry and wide doorways, natural light, and outdoor living spaces in each home, combined with walkable streets, community gathering spaces, and opportunities to meet and befriend our neighbors.

Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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