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Advance Directives

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

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16, 2016. The NHDD Initivative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health care decisions. The objects of the NHDD are to provide information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur with a person's wishes are unkown and improve the ability of health care facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance health care planning to patients. 

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Ohio Living Wills and Advance Directives Week

Ohio Living Wills and Advance Directives Week is celebrated the second full week in October to inspire, educate and empower providers and the public about the importance of advance care planning.


  • New Ohio Advance Directives: Changes You Need To Know - this Midwest Care Alliance webinar explains the value of the new Ohio Advance Directives and addresses questions from a health care professional’s perspective. The link includes a recording of the webinar, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and FAQ sheet. 

Why is this important?

Did you know that no more than one third of all American adults have an advance care plan in writing? This is particularly concerning because studies suggest that roughly 70 percent of Americans will be unable to make decisions for themselves at some point in their lives. This is why advance care planning is so important. And, it is not just important for the elderly or those with severe illness.  Health crises can happen to anyone at any time.

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