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Advance Directives

What are Advance Directives?
A healthcare proxy, durable power of attorney, living will and do not resuscitate order are the legal documents that allow you to give direction to medical personnel, family and friends concerning your future care when you cannot speak for yourself. This may happen if you become unconscious, are terminally ill or confused and cannot make informed choices. You do not need a lawyer in order to complete advance directives.

Patient Services Advance Directives
You have the right to make decisions about your own medical treatment. By putting your wishes for your health care in writing, you tell your doctor and loved ones what you want. It may be hard for you to think about what you might want to have done if you were near death, but it is often easier than making these choices when you or your family have to face a major health crisis. When you come to the hospital, you will be asked if you have any advance directives. Whether you have advance directives or not, you will still be cared for in the hospital. We are providing this information to help you better understand what advance directives are so you can decide whether you want to have one or more of these documents. If your doctor is unable to honor your wishes, he or she will assist in getting another doctor to work with you. Often, disagreements about care choices can be worked out by talking about them with your doctor and family members.  In the State of Ohio, there are three forms of advance directives:

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
This document lets you choose someone as your agent to make all healthcare decisions for you when you are unable to speak for yourself.

Living Will
This document lets you give written directions about your care when you are terminally ill or in a permanently unconscious state and unable to speak for yourself.

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
This document says that you do not want to have CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) performed if your heart should stop beating.

If you want more information or the forms needed for advance directives, please call weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.:

Dodd, OSUCCC–James, Ross Heart Hospital, University Hospital – 614-293-8427
University Hospital East – 614-257-3257

Download the Advance Directives packet