Advance Directives are documents to direct medical care when a patient is unable to communicate their own wishes due to a medical condition. In Ohio, do not resuscitate orders, living wills, organ donation and durable powers of attorney are advance directives that are authorized by state law.
National Healthcare Decisions Day
The 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day will be celebrated April 16, 2014. Visit www.nhdd.org to become an official participant.
Ohio Advance Directives Week
Living Wills & Advance Directives Week was celebrated October 13-19, 2013, to inspire, educate & empower providers and the public about the importance of advance care planning. Advance Directives Week is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.
The Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers an advance directives packet used to create a living will or health care durable power of attorney, or to designate organ or tissue donation. Ohioans can fill out these forms without an attorney and should make several copies for their personal files to give to trusted family members, physicians, lawyers and others. Hospitals are also encouraged to ask staffers to complete advance directives.
A Spanish Advance Directives document is now available to help Spanish-speaking citizens with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to create their own version of advance directives for health care. The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) assisted with Spanish translation of Ohio living will and healthcare power of attorney documents.
Living Well at the End of Life Brochure
Viviendo bien al ﬁ nal de la vida
- Advance Directives Order Form
- Midwest Care Alliance
- Conversations that Light the Way Workbook
- Light the Way Campaign
- American Hospital Association’s Put it in Writing Toolkit
- Frequently Asked Questions about Organ Donation
- A Health Care Provider’s Guide to the HIPAA Privacy Rules: Communicating with a Patient’s Family, Friends, or Others Involved in the Patient’s Care