Resources available on advance directives
Several resources are available to health care providers and consumers on end-of-life issues. Consider the following:
The American Hospital Association has resources in Spanish and English for hospitals and consumers on advance directives. To access "Put It In Writing," go to www.putitinwriting.org/putitinwriting_app/index.jsp.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has published a free palliative-care training program for health professionals caring for cancer patients. To order, call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 800.4.CANCER or go to www.nci.nih.gov/about nci/epeco.
Advance Directives Packet: Choices, Living Well at the End of Life, a resource to help patients and their families make end-of-life decisions, is available fromï¿½the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. You can download the packet at www.ohanet.org/publications/special/choices_packet.pdf to distribute at your facility.
The packet includes forms used to create a living will, health care durable power of attorney, or to designate organ or tissue donation. The forms are available at www.ohanet.org/publications/special/choices.pdf. Large-font versions of the living will and durable power of attorney also are available are available at www.ohanet.org/directives/Lg%20font%20ADs_24pt.pdf. You can order additional hard copies at www.ohanet.org/publications/special/choices_form.pdf.
Old versions of the forms also available in Spanish Updated versions will be posted as soon as they are available. The power of attorney form (poder de cuidado de salud de) is available at www.ohanet.org/publications/spanishchoices1.pdf. The living will declaration (declaration de testamento ed vida aviso al declarante) is available at www.ohanet.org/publications/spanishchoices2.pdf.
Living Today, Planning for Tomorrow, a computerized graphic presentation, is available from the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Web: www.ohanet.org/directives/advance%20directives%20slides.PPT.
Frequently asked questions, with answers from the Ohio State Bar Association, are available at www.ohanet.org/directives/faq.pdf.
The Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Information has downloadable forms on severalï¿½types of advance directives, including the living will, health care power of attorney, Ohio's do-not-resuscitate law, and organ and tissue donation. Go to www.ohpco.org/living_will.htm. Select "Hos-pice & Palliative care," and then select "Click Here for Advance Directives, Living Wills, and Health-care Powers of Attorney."