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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 Living Wills and Advance Directives Week

Ohio Living Wills and Advance Directives Week will be celebrated Oct. 11-17, 2015 to inspire, educate and 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.

Governor John Kasich signed a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 11 as Ohio's Living Wills and Advance Directives Week (image to the left).


  • 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.

Resources for Hospitals

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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