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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.

Ohio Advance Directives Week

Advance Directives WeekLiving Wills & Advance Directives Week is celebrated each year 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 health care treatment preferences for end of life care and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

While living wills and advance directives are vital, the conversations around these decisions and choices are also crucial.

The Midwest Care Alliance 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.

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