What is end-of-life planning?

According to the National Institute of Health, end-of-life planning may include making choices about the following:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Advance care planning and directives
  • Effective, accessible treatments
  • Strategies that will increase quality of life
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Where you wish to spend your final days

Resources

While SERS cannot advise you on specific topics related to end-of-life preparation, we can direct you to several resources that may helpful.

 

Advance Care Directive

AARP

Your local Area Agency on Aging

Medicare

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National POLST Paradigm

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives

 

Advance Care Toolkits

American Bar Association

Center for Practical Bioethics (Caring Conversations)

 

Elder Abuse Prevention and Reporting

Ohio Attorney General

Ohio Hopes

Check with your county’s Department of Job and Family Services.

 

Extended Care

AARP

Supportive Care Matters

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

For Caregivers

AARP

Elder Care Online

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Health Insurance

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program

 

Illness-Specific

ALS Association

Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Society of Clinical Oncology

CancerCare

Heart Failure Society of America

 

Legal Resources

AssistGuide Information Services

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

National Elder Law Foundation

 

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

 

Meal Delivery

AARP

Meals on Wheels America

 

Organ Donation

American Society of Transplantation

Department of Health and Human Services

Donate Life

 

Region-Specific

Ohio Department of Aging  (800-266-4346)

Central

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging  (800-589-7277)

Franklin County Office on Aging  (614-525-5230)

Northeast

Area Agency on Aging 11  (800-686-7367)

Direction Home: Akron and Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities  (800-421-7277)

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging  (216-621-0303)

Northwest

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc  (800-472-7277)

Southeast

Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging and Disability (800-331-2644)

Southwest

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio  (800-252-0155)

West

Area Agency on Aging  (800-258-7277)

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley  (800-300-2937)