Advance Care Planning

The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio leads the regional Advance Care Planning Initiative.

Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking ahead about what your healthcare wishes, values and goals would be if you became unable to speak for yourself. Advance care planning helps you to communicate with your friends, loved ones and medical team about your wishes, so they may make informed decisions if you are ever not able to communicate. This allows you and your loved ones to have peace of mind about these important decisions. Advance Care Planning is important for adults of all ages because a medical emergency can happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Creating a plan ensures that your wishes will be honored.

Advance Directives are legal documents that provide instruction about your healthcare wishes in situations where you are not able to make your own decisions. Written instructions help reduce confusion, stress and disagreement among family members, friends, and your medical team. Your family and doctors are required by law to follow the instructions in your advance directives. Advance Directives should be reviewed every few years or sooner if there has been a major life change to ensure that they remain current.

MyACP is an easy-to-use digital tool for adults living in Ohio and Michigan. MyACP allows adults to complete their advance care planning and advance directives in the comfort of their own home and on their own time. MyACP can be used on a smart phone, tablet, or computer. MyACP helps you:

  • Consider your wishes, values, and goals for future healthcare
  • Select a health care Agent – someone to make important healthcare decisions for you if you are ever unable to speak for yourself
  • Share your future health care priorities with loved ones
  • Ensure that your Agent understands your wishes and will honor your wishes
  • Document your healthcare wishes on your Advance Directive

Create your advance directive with MyACP by using this link or QR code:

Certified facilitators are also available for ACP conversations over the telephone. Schedule an appointment by emailing: ACP@HCNO.org