Advance Care Directives
By Henry Ford Hospital
Choose, share, respect
The reality is that too many of us spend our last days in ways we would never choose. According to a recent survey by the California HealthCare Foundation, more than 90 percent of people think it’s important to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, yet less than 30 percent of people have discussed what they want. Expressing our end-of-life wishes relieves our families and loved ones from the burden of making tough decisions for us. Henry Ford Health System is committed to encouraging our patients and their loved ones to have an important conversation about their end-of-life wishes while healthy or before it’s too late.
Start the conversation with your loved-ones.
Choose someone you trust to be your Patient Advocate. Your Patient Advocate will make medical decisions for you if you are too sick or unable to make them yourself. Contact your doctor if you have questions about medical treatment options. Write your choices down on an Advance Directives and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form. Share the completed form with your doctors, nurses, social workers, friends, family, and Patient Advocate. Talk with them about your choices to ensure these choices are respected when the time comes.
At Hospice of Southwest Ohio we provide an avenue for you to discuss your wishes with your loved ones through our Voice Your Choice Program.