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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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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio


2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055

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

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

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

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373

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Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice


7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459


11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Advance Directives

Advance Directives: Sharing Your Healthcare Wishes

Whether you are living with a chronic disease or not, advance care planning is an important part of self-management at any age. An advance directive is meant to help patients ahead and guides doctors and loved ones in making clear decisions on their healthcare when they are unable to do so. Advance directives apply only to healthcare decisions, they do not affect financial matters.

Advance directives have three components: a living will, a healthcare power of attorney, and a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.

  1. A living will tells doctors how the patient wants to be treated if they are unable to make decisions on their own.
  2. A healthcare power of attorney is a legal document naming someone with the same values and wishes to make medical decisions for the patient at times the patient is unable to do so.
  3. A Do Not Resuscitate order allows patients to choose whether they wish to have CPR performed if an emergency happens. When a DNR is signed, the doctor will write a medical order instructing all healthcare providers not to do CPR if the patient stops breathing or their heart stops beating.

When creating an advance directive, the plan must be in writing. In Ohio, the plan also must be notarized. It is important to give a copy to your doctors and those who will have healthcare decision making power. Keep a record of who has your advance directives.

By planning ahead, you can ensure you receive the medical care you want, avoid unnecessary suffering, and relieve caregivers of decision-making burdens and disagreements during emergencies and moments of grief.

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