Patients age 18 or older who have the ability to make an informed decision have the right to make their own medical treatment decisions. You also have the right to draft an advance directive that gives instructions for healthcare in case you are no longer able to participate in treatment decisions. For more information or copies of advance directive forms:
Social Services, 513-636-4711
Talk to your nurse or provider
If you or your provider feels your child is not able to understand the risks and benefits of medical treatment and cannot make informed medical decisions, you must arrange for a legal guardian to be appointed for that purpose. To obtain legal guardianship for an adult child, parents must apply to the probate court in the county where the child lives. For more information, contact a lawyer or the probate court.
An adult must be with those 18 and over:
When they arrive at the hospital
Throughout the procedure
To receive discharge instructions
To drive them home
To support them at home for 24 hours
If this adult can’t be with them throughout the entire stay, the procedure will be cancelled or delayed. If no adult is with those 18 and over at the time of discharge, they will be admitted.
For those 18 and over, avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco products, and recreational drugs before and after the procedure. These products can be dangerous.