Patient & Family Resources
You have the right to make decisions about your own medical treatment. These decisions become more difficult if, due to illness or a change in mental condition, you are unable to tell your doctor and loved ones what kind of health-care treatments you want. That is why it is important for you to make your wishes known in advance.
A living will, health care surrogate and durable power of attorney are the legal documents that allow you to give direction to medical personnel, family and friends concerning your future care when you cannot speak for yourself. You do not need a lawyer to complete Advance Directives.
For more information about Advance Directives or to obtain forms, please speak with your nurse.
- What is an advance directive?
An advance directive lets you indicate who you would want to make decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself. It also lets you say exactly how you wish to be treated if you become seriously ill and cannot speak for yourself. Advance directives include a living will and the designation of a health care surrogate. Learn more about Advance Directives.
- State of Florida Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO) is a form or patient identification device developed by the Department of Health to identify people who do not wish to be resuscitated in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest.
- The Conversation Project - Who Will Speak for You
- Honoring Choices Florida (PDF)
- "Who Will Speak for You?" (Recorded Webinar)
Animals Heal Hearts
UF Health offers a pet therapy program where volunteers bring their own dogs into the hospital to visit patients. Participating dogs have been approved by Volunteer Services and are well-behaved, healthy, vaccinated and clean. To request a pet therapy visit, contact Volunteer Services at 352-265-0111 ext. 5-0360.
Personal Pet Visits
UF Health has a program that enables you to bring your own dog into the hospital. Before your pet can visit, you must:
- Ask your nurse and roommate permission
- Provide vaccination records for you pet
- Make sure your dog is bathed
To schedule a personal pet visit or for more information about the program, contact Volunteer Services at 352-265-0111 ext. 5-0360 or ext. 5-0360.
Arts in Medicine Program
The Arts in Medicine Program (AIM) provides art-related activities that help stimulate the imagination. The Artists-in-Residence are available to work with you and your family through music, dance, painting, creative writing and more.
For more information, visit artsinmedicine.ufhealth.org or call 352-733-0880.
Streetlight is an adolescent and young adult support program at UF Health for people aged 13-25 living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, and other chronic and life-limiting illnesses. The Streetlight team is made up of 60+ college-aged volunteers that focus on building friendships through peer companionship. Dealing with a serious medical condition is a difficult journey, but you don’t need to go it alone.
For more information, visit streetlight.ufhealth.org or call 352-273-9596.
No One Dies Alone (NODA)
No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to help provide patients with a most valuable human gift: a dignified death. Volunteers for this program do not serve on a regular basis – rather they are “on-call”. To request a NODA volunteer, call the Operator; they will take the relevant information and contact the NODA coordinator so they can work to find an available volunteer to come in.
Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month for our Cancer Educational Wellness Series. Free educational classes are offered to cancer patients, family members and the community to promote health and quality of life.
Download our PDF to learn more.