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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

56 South Oak Street
P.O. Box 445
London, Ohio, 43140

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

Talk With Your Loved Ones On National Healthcare Decisions Day

Talk With Your Loved Ones on National Healthcare Decisions Day

Each year, National Healthcare Decisions Day is recognized on April 16. But this year, the day takes on a new meaning as Americans continue to battle against COVID-19. Thousands of families have had to make healthcare decisions for their loved ones without knowing their wishes. 

As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Ohio’s Hospice and its affiliates are reminding all individuals, regardless of age or current health status, about the importance of making their personal healthcare decisions known. It’s vital that individuals discuss their end-of-life care wishes with their family members, especially during COVID-19.

What Is Advance Care Planning? 

Through advance care planning, individuals can document their future healthcare decisions and provide instructions for their medical care. 

Every day, the staff members of our not-for-profit hospices help families come to terms with the unimaginable loss of a loved one. Family members are torn as they consider what is right, what is best, how to best honor the life of their loved one. There may be differences of opinion that can fracture families forever. This does not need to happen.

Why Is Advance Care Planning Important?

By sharing information with loved ones and your doctor about what you would want when you are facing life-limiting circumstances, you are not only helping yourself, you are also alleviating family members of guilt, stress, fear and potential long-lasting conflict.

According to a National Institute of Health study, only 26.3% of U.S. adults have completed an Advance Directive. Why not more? Most had thought about it but not completed the forms. The primary reasons offered were that they did not know about the forms or were concerned about cost or complexity.

What Do I Need to Know About Advance Care Planning?

In reality, it is simple, easy and free to take the steps to assure your healthcare decisions are honored, and the forms are readily available. These documents include a living will, durable power of attorney for healthcare, and other advance care planning documents.

What Is a Living Will?

Through a living will, you can decide and document the type of care you would like to receive if you could not communicate with your family because you became permanently unconscious or terminally ill.

What Is a DNR Order?

If you do not wish to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed, you can specify your wish through a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. 

Why Do I Need a Health Care Power of Attorney?

A Health Care Power of Attorney helps make medical decisions for you when you become temporarily unconscious and medical decisions need to be made. Through a Health Care Power of Attorney, you can ensure that your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment are followed.

What Are My Next Steps?

Show your love for your family by taking the necessary steps to establish your wishes. They will be forever grateful to you for it. 

You can begin the conversation by visiting our website and discussing the forms found on our website here.

You also can learn more by visiting Decide to Be Heard

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