Advance Directives are legal documents that provide instructions about your healthcare wishes, in case you are unable to speak for yourself.
There are two different types of Advance Directives, (1) a Health Care Power of Attorney and (2) a Living Will. A Health Care Power of Attorney is a type of Advance Directive in which you name a person to make decisions and speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself and applies in nearly all circumstances. A Living Will is a written set of instructions regarding your preferences for healthcare and goes into effect if you are terminally ill and unable to make decision for yourself, or if you are permanently unconscious.
Any person over age 18 who can make his or her own decisions can complete an advance directive form. You do not need a lawyer to complete advance directive forms. However, the forms need to be signed by a notary or two witnesses. The witness may include anyone except your physician, family members, or the person(s) you’re naming as decision maker in the advance directives.
Download and complete the Ohio Advance Directive Forms packet that includes the health care power of attorney, living will, donor registry enrollment and instructions.Forms Packet | Click Here
Download Ohio Hospital Association’s advance directive informational brochure for more information on stating your wishes regarding medical treatment.Informational Brochure | Click Here