An advance directive is a way to communicate your wishes about the use of life-sustaining treatment. It can be used to authorize or refuse certain treatments and to designate another person to make medical decisions for you. Advance directives generally include a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney.
Advance directives may be revoked at any time. Because of the serious nature of advance directives, the matter should be discussed thoroughly with your family and physician while you are healthy. You may cancel or change an advance directive at any time in accordance with state law. Changes should be made in writing and should be signed and dated.
Your healthcare decision-maker needs to know your:
- Preferred and undesired types of medical treatment.
- Acceptable extent of medical treatment and invasive procedures.
- Family dynamics and who to consult in making decisions.
- Health care and death-related fears and concerns.
- Religious or spiritual considerations.
- End-of-life planning and, if necessary, desire to die at home versus the hospital.
- Desired quality-of-life level.
- Thoughts on the experiences of others who have gone through similar situations.
State of Ohio Advance Directives Kit – Click on Ohio Complete 2014 Advance Directives Kit (Pro Seniors). This printable kit includes forms for Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Donor Registration Form
Choices: Living Well at the End of Life – A complete advance directives kit for Ohio residents compiled by the Midwest Care Alliance. The kit is available to download and print, or you can request a copy by mail. The site also includes a series of FAQs and a webinar about Advance Directives.