For more information about the CRITICAL ConditionsSM program,
please contact:



Lynne M. Kernaghan
Georgia Health Decisions
128 Hampton Way | Macon, GA 31220
kernaghanL@cox.net | 478-474-0095



Frequently Asked Questions


What is in the CRITICAL ConditionsSM Planning Guide?

The CRITICAL ConditionsSM Planning Guide was designed to help Georgians have conversations with their families about final health care decisions to be made in time of serious illness through a three-step process, resulting in a legal documentation of those preferences. It is a guide AND documentation all rolled into one!

Step 1 - The Conversation Starter tells you exactly how to start this important conversation. It describes a number of conditions that require decisions about providing, withdrawing, or withholding medical treatments. Each issue is presented in a story format, followed by discussion questions. The stories describe situations in which individuals may one day find themselves. The questions help families think through these situations and discuss their opinions and attitudes. Information boxes associated with each story provide easy-to-understand definitions and data related to the issues being discussed. After talking about these cases, you and your family members will have a better understanding of what types of medical treatments you want.

Step 2 - The Individual Worksheet moves you into making specific decisions about the care you would want in a number of conditions. The Individual Worksheet is not a legal document. It is more extensive and covers more issues than the legal document and can serve as a guide for your loved ones, if they have to make decisions for you. Completing the Worksheet prepares the user for executing the legal document included in the Guide - the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care.

Step 3 - The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care is the legal format in Georgia for expressing your wishes. You do not have to use a lawyer to complete the form. This document allows the user to do two things: • legally appoint someone to make health care decisions for you when you cannot or do not want to speak for yourself, and • formally state your preferences for the medical treatments you do or do not want to receive.

Download Planning Guide or order online here If you live in Georgia, you can obtain a Planning Guide from any health facility participating in the CRITICAL ConditionsSM Program and using its materials. See list of participating facilities.

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