Ohio Living Will Form

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State of Ohio
Living Will Declaration
Notice to Declarant
The purpose of this Living Will Declaration is to document your wish
that life-sustaining treatment, including artificially or technologically supplied
nutrition and hydration, be withheld or withdrawn if you are unable to make
informed medical decisions and are in a terminal condition or in a permanently
unconscious state. This Living Will Declaration does not affect the responsibility
of health care personnel to provide comfort care to you. Comfort care means
any measure taken to diminish pain or discomfort, but not to postpone death.
If you would not choose to limit any or all forms of life-sustaining
treatment, including CPR, you have the legal right to so choose and may wish
to state your medical treatment preferences in writing in a different document.
Under Ohio law, a Living Will Declaration is applicable only to individuals
in a terminal condition or a permanently unconscious state. If you wish to direct
medical treatment in other circumstances, you should prepare a Health Care
Power of Attorney. If you are in a terminal condition or a permanently unconscious
state, this Living Will Declaration controls over a Health Care Power of Attorney.
You should consider completing a new Living Will Declaration if your
medical condition changes, or if you later decide to complete a Health Care
Power of Attorney. If you have both documents, you should keep copies of both
documents together, with your other important papers, and bring copies of both
your Living Will and your Health Care Power of Attorney with you whenever
you are a patient in a health care facility.
Ohio State Bar Association
OHIO LIVING WILL PAGE ONE OF SEVENState of Ohio
Living Will Declaration
of
_____________________________
(Print Full Name)
________________________
(Birth Date)
I state that this is my Ohio Living Will Declaration. I am of sound mind and not under or
subject to duress, fraud or undue influence. I am a competent adult who understands and
accepts the consequences of this action. I voluntarily declare my wish that my dying not be
artificially prolonged. If I am unable to give directions regarding the use of life-sustaining
treatment when I am in a terminal condition or a permanently unconscious state, I intend that
this Living Will Declaration be honored by my family and physicians as the final expression
of my legal right to refuse health care.
Definitions. Several legal and medical terms are used in this document. For convenience
they are explained below.
Anatomical Gift means a donation of all or part of a human body to take effect upon or
after death.
Artificially or technologically supplied nutrition or hydration means the providing of
food and fluids through intravenous or tube “feedings.”
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR means treatment to try to restart breathing or
heartbeat. CPR may be done by breathing into the mouth, pushing on the chest, putting
a tube through the mouth or nose into the throat, administering medication, giving electric
shock to the chest, or by other means.
Declarant means the person signing this document.
Donor Registry Enrollment Form means a form that has been designed to allow
individuals to specifically register their wishes regarding organ, tissue and eye donation
with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Donor Registry.
Do Not Resuscitate or DNR Order means a medical order given by my physician and
written in my medical records that cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is not to be
administered to me.
OHIO LIVING WILL PAGE TWO OF SEVENOHIO LIVING WILL PAGE THREE OF SEVEN
Health care means any medical (including dental, nursing, psychological, and surgical)
procedure, treatment, intervention or other measure used to maintain, diagnose or treat
any physical or mental condition.
Health Care Power of Attorney means another document that allows me to name an
adult person to act as my agent to make health care decisions for me if I become unable
to do so.
Life-sustaining treatment means any health care, including artificially or technologically
supplied nutrition and hydration, that will serve mainly to prolong the process of dying.
Living Will Declaration or Living Will means this document that lets me specify the
health care I want to receive if I become terminally ill or permanently unconscious and
cannot make my wishes known.
Permanently unconscious state means an irreversible condition in which I am permanently
unaware of myself and my surroundings. My physician and one other physician must
examine me and agree that the total loss of higher brain function has left me unable to
feel pain or suffering.
Terminal condition or terminal illness means an irreversible, incurable and untreatable
condition caused by disease, illness or injury. My physician and one other physician will
have examined me and believe that I cannot recover and that death is likely to occur within
a relatively short time if I do not receive life-sustaining treatment.
[Instructions and other information to assist in completing this document are set forth within
brackets and in italic type.]
Health Care if I Am in a Terminal Condition. If I am in a terminal condition and unable
to make my own health care decisions, I direct that my physician shall:
1. Administer no life-sustaining treatment, including CPR and artificially or
technologically supplied nutrition or hydration; and
2. Withdraw such treatment, including CPR, if such treatment has started; and
3. Issue a DNR Order; and
4. Permit me to die naturally and take no action to postpone my death, providing me
with only that care necessary to make me comfortable and to relieve my pain.Health Care if I Am in a Permanently Unconscious State. If I am in a permanently
unconscious state, I direct that my physician shall:
1. Administer no life-sustaining treatment, including CPR, except for the provision
of artificially or technologically supplied nutrition or hydration unless, in the
following paragraph, I have authorized its withholding or withdrawal; and
2. Withdraw such treatment, including CPR, if such treatment has started; and
3. Issue a DNR Order; and
4. Permit me to die naturally and take no action to postpone my death, providing me
with only that care necessary to make me comfortable and to relieve my pain.
Special Instructions. By placing my initials at number 3 below, I want to specifically authorize
my physician to withhold or to withdraw artificially or technologically supplied nutrition
or hydration if:
1. I am in a permanently unconscious state; and
2. My physician and at least one other physician who has examined me have
determined, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that artificially or
technologically supplied nutrition and hydration will not provide comfort to me
or relieve my pain; and
3. I have placed my initials on this line: __________________
Notifications. [Note: You do not need to name anyone. If no one is named, the law requires your
attending physician to make a reasonable effort to notify one of the following persons in the order
named: your guardian, your spouse, your adult children who are available, your parents, or a
majority of your adult siblings who are available.]
In the event my attending physician determines that life-sustaining treatment should be withheld
or withdrawn, my physician shall make a reasonable effort to notify one of the persons named
below, in the following order of priority:
[Note: If you do not name two contacts, you may wish to cross out the unused lines.]
First Contact: Second Contact:
Name: ______________________________ Name: _______________________________
Address: ____________________________ Address:______________________________
___________________________________ _____________________________________
Telephone:_________________________ Telephone: __________________________
OHIO LIVING WILL PAGE FOUR OF SEVENAnatomical Gift (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS: If you elect to make an anatomical gift, please complete and file the
attached “Donor Registry Enrollment Form” with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to
ensure that your wishes will be honored.
____ I wish to make an anatomical gift.
____ I do not wish to make an anatomical gift.
Upon my death, the following are my directions regarding donation of all or part of my body:
In the hope that I, ___________________ (name of donor), may help others upon my death,
I hereby give the following body parts: __________________________________________
(indicate specific parts or all body parts) for any purpose authorized by law: transplantation,
therapy, research or education. [Cross out any purpose that is unacceptable to you.]
This is a legal document under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act or similar laws.
If I do not indicate a desire to donate all or part of my body by filling in the lines above, no
presumption is created about my desire to make or refuse to make an anatomical gift.
Donor Registry Enrollment Form. I have completed the Donor Registry Enrollment Form.
__________Yes____________No
NOTE: If you modify or revoke your decision regarding anatomical gifts, please remember
to make those changes in your Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Donor Registry
Enrollment Form.
No Expiration Date. This Living Will Declaration will have no expiration date. However, I
may revoke it at any time.
Copies the Same as Original. Any person may rely on a copy of this document.
Out of State Application. I intend that this document be honored in any jurisdiction to the
extent allowed by law.
Health Care Power of Attorney. I have completed a Health Care Power of Attorney:
__________ Yes __________ No
OHIO LIVING WILL PAGE FIVE OF SEVENSIGNATURE
[See below for witness or notary requirements.]
I understand the purpose and effect of this document and sign my name to this Living Will
Declaration on _________________, 20 __________, at ____________________, Ohio.
_______________________________________
DECLARANT
[You are responsible for telling members of your family, the agent named in your Health
Care Power of Attorney (if you have one), and your physician about this document. You also
may wish to tell your religious advisor and your lawyer that you have signed a Living Will
Declaration. You may wish to give a copy to each person notified.]
[You may choose to file a copy of this Living Will Declaration with your county recorder for
safekeeping.]
WITNESSES OR NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT
[Choose one.]
[This Living Will Declaration will not be valid unless it either is signed by two eligible
witnesses who are present when you sign or are present when you acknowledge your
signature, or it is acknowledged before a Notary Public.]
[The following persons cannot serve as a witness to this Living Will Declaration: the
agent or any successor agent named in your Health Care Power of Attorney; your spouse;
your children; anyone else related to you by blood, marriage or adoption; your attending
physician; or, if you are in a nursing home, the administrator of the nursing home.]
OHIO LIVING WILL PAGE SIX OF SEVENWitnesses. I attest that the Declarant signed or acknowledged this Living Will Declaration
in my presence, and that the Declarant appears to be of sound mind and not under or subject
to duress, fraud or undue influence. I further attest that I am not an agent designated in the
Declarant’s Health Care Power of Attorney, I am not the attending physician of the Declarant,
I am not the administrator of a nursing home in which the Declarant is receiving care, and I
am an adult not related to the Declarant by blood, marriage or adoption.
________________________________ residing at ______________________________
Signature
________________________________ __________________ , __________
Print Name
Dated: __________________________ , 20_______
________________________________ residing at ______________________________
Signature
________________________________ __________________ , __________
Print Name
Dated: __________________________ , 20________
OR
Notary Acknowledgment.
State of Ohio
County of _________________ ss.
On ___________________________, 20_____, before me, the undersigned Notary Public,
personally appeared ___________________________, known to me or satisfactorily proven
to be the person whose name is subscribed to the above Living Will Declaration as the Declarant,
and who has acknowledged that (s)he executed the same for the purposes expressed therein.
I attest that the Declarant appears to be of sound mind and not under or subject to duress,
fraud or undue influence.
___________________________________
Notary Public
My Commission Expires: ______________
OHIO LIVING WILL PAGE SEVEN OF SEVEN
© December 2004. May be reprinted and copied for use by the public, attorneys, medical and osteopathic physicians,
hospitals, bar associations, medical societies, and nonprofit associations and organizations. It may not be reproduced
commercially for sale at a profit.DONOR REGISTRY ENROLLMENT FORM (OPTIONAL)
(name of donor)
INSTRUCTIONS: In addition to completing the references to Anatomical Gifts in your
Living Will and Ohio Health Care Power of Attorney you should also complete and file the
“Donor Registry Enrollment Form” with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to ensure that
your wishes concerning organ and tissue donation will be honored. This document will serve
as your consent to recover the organ and/or tissues indicated at the time of your death, if
medically possible. In completing this form, your wishes will be recorded in the Ohio Donor
Registry and will be accessible only to the appropriate organ, tissue or eye recovery organizations.
Be sure to share your wishes in this area with loved ones and friends so they are aware of
your intentions.
To register for the Donor Registry, please complete this form, detach and send the original
to:
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Record Clearance Unit
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6784
Make a copy of this form and retain it as part of your Living Will Declaration.
[This form must be signed by two witnesses. If the donor is under the age of 18, a parent or
legal guardian must sign as one of the two witnesses.]
[This form should be used to state your intentions to be included in or removed from the Ohio
Bureau of Motor Vehicles Donor Registry.]
Please indicate below:
____Please include me in the Donor Registry
____Please remove me from the Donor Registry
Ohio State Bar Association
DONOR REGISTRY ENROLLMENT FORM PAGE ONE OF TWOPrint or type full name of living donor__________________________________________
Mailing Address ___________________________________________________________
City ________________________________State____________Zip _________________
Phone ( )______________________Date of Birth ______________________________
Driver’s License or ID Card Number ___________________________________________
Social Security Number _____________________________________________________
In the hope that I, ________________________ (name of donor), may help others upon my
death, the following are my directions regarding donation of all or part of my body:
___ On my death, I make an anatomical gift of my organs, tissues, and eyes for any purpose
authorized by law.
OR
___ On my death, I make an anatomical gift of the following specified organ, tissues, or eyes
for any purposes indicated below:
Any or all Liver Bone/ligament Heart valves
Heart Kidneys Middle ear Skin
Lung Pancreas Eyes Other
Any purpose authorized by law or, specifically as indicated below:
Transplantation
Therapy
Research
Education
Advancement of medical science
Advancement of dental science
Signature of Donor
Date of Birth of Donor Date Signed
Witness Date
Witness Date
DONOR REGISTRY ENROLLMENT FORM PAGE TWO OF TWO