The following contribution is from Hospice of the Golden Isle’s Bereavement Coordinator, Whitney Bounds, LMSW
COVID-19. Social isolation. Grocery stores full of mask-donning Americans staying 6 feet apart from one other. No social gatherings, including funerals, memorial services, and celebration of life parties. Anxiety, mixed feelings and emotions. Panic.
This is all part of our new reality. As life continues to move forward, nature takes its course, pandemic or not, and the cycle of life continues. We are grieving loved ones that have passed, the lost normalcy that was our daily lives, and a lack of social interaction. What does this mean for those who are grieving? This perfect storm could lead to increased mental health concerns, including depression and anxiety during the grief journey. Social isolation in particular can lead to lack of a support system, leaving these individuals especially vulnerable to depression. The University of California Department of Psychiatry has put together a resource page addressing emotional well-being during this unprecedented time: “Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19.” It is full of helpful information to get us all through this pandemic. In addition, New York State Office of Mental Health has tips for helping others grieve. Stay well, follow the CDC guidelines, and take care of yourself and your family.
St. Simons Island attorney, Debbie Britt, focuses her practice on estate planning and elder law. We reached out to her for her expert input on the best way to plan ahead and put our healthcare decisions in writing. In these uncertain times of worldwide pandemic, these decisions are especially important.
Debbie says a vital document we all need is the Georgia Advanced Directive for Health Care. If you are over the age of 18, you need an advanced health care directive. This important document allows your appointment of a health care agent to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so. This same document allows your expression of your health care treatment preferences when certain conditions are present. These preferences will guide your health care agent and medical providers when you are unable.
In Georgia, we have a statutory form advanced directive for health care. While other forms may be accepted, developing a customized directive substantially compliant with the statutory language provided by Official Code of Georgia Section 31-32-4 is recommended. It is best to seek professional (medical and legal) advice regarding this important legal document.
There are several reasons advanced health care directives are best part of a comprehensive estate plan:
Hospice of the Golden Isles is honored to have served Southeast Coastal Georgia since 1980!In 2020, we are celebrating 40 years of providing expert and compassionate hospice care across five counties (Glynn, McIntosh, Camden, Brantley, and Charlton) in your home or our Hospice House. Hospice care is provided wherever you call home. We care for our patients in private residences, in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities, and in our Residential Facility or Hospice House.
Stay tuned for anniversary activities and celebratory events throughout the year!
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