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.
Organizations planning activities in celebration of Advance Directives week, please consider using the template press release
and sample social media posts
in your promotions.
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.