Planning Ahead

Whether planning for current or future health care needs, the decision-making process is rarely easy. The following resources are meant to act as conversation starters and can help you work with your physician(s), prepare for office visits, discuss short and long term care solutions and even plan for end of life.

Hopefully, no matter where you are on life’s path, planning ahead for personal health care needs just got a little easier.

Preparing for an office visit?

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PACE Guide Sheet

Created by The American Heart Association, the PACE Guide Sheet is designed to help you make the most of your doctor visits, think about the appointments purpose, discussions around treatment options and next steps.

Questions to ask before, during and after a doctor’s appointment

Built to lead conversations with doctors, these questions are able to provide your doctor with insight on some of your top of mind concerns.

Short and Long Term Care

Discussing short and long term care solutions

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Planning for end of life

Equipped with the proper information, you can take control of your end-of-life planning and make choices regarding your finances, medical treatment preferences and care options. With the appropriate planning, you can feel secure in knowing your wishes and preferences will be supported and honored by someone you trust.


End Of Life Planning Booklet

Choices, Living Well at the End of Life, an end of life planning booklet that helps readers navigate through the advance directives process to determine the best course of action. It provides information and direction on planning items like Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney documents and Ohio’s Do-Not-Resuscitate Law.

Consumer Reports Special Feature

A Beautiful Death, a Consumer Reports' Special Feature. Consumer Reports shares the story of Paul Scheier, who at 86, faced the end on his own terms, utilizing an end-of-life path he designed early on.

Caring Connections

Caring Connections offers a portal of information to community members who are living with an illness, planning ahead, caring for a loved one and grieving loss. For more information on to how to make decisions about end-of-life care and services, visit Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Other Resources

Choosing Wisely ®

Consumer Reports' Choosing Wisely® is focused on helping you talk with your doctor or other health care providers about medical tests and procedures. Depending on the circumstances, some tests and procedures may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. Choosing Wisely's 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment, or Procedure may help get the conversation started.