Advance Care Planning
One of the most thoughtful and appreciated gifts that one can do for their
family is advance care planning. These are documents that indicate one’s
wishes if they were to become seriously ill and not able to speak for
themselves to drive the decision making process. Advance directives include:
- Durable power of attorney- A legal document that indicates the individual
or individuals that are to make decisions if you are not able to do so yourself.
- Durable power of attorney for health care- This is the person or person
designated to make medical decisions in the circumstances that someone
is unable to do so themselves. For example, if someone is seriously ill
and unconscious, this document lets the medical team know who to talk
to to participate in medical decision making.
- Durable power of attorney for finances- This is a separate document that
authorizes another person to take care of your finances if you are unable
to do so. This person would be able access financial institutions, pay
bills and pay for needed medical care. Have links to Maryland Power of
Attorney Documents Here
- Living Will- This is a document that allows you to document what your wishes
would be in certain circumstances if you were unable to make medical decisions
for yourself. It is useful as a guide for the durable power of attorney
for health care to refer to when making medical decisions on your behalf.
These documents come in many forms and often include areas to write personalized
directives. There are limitations to these directives as the circumstances
in reality are often much more complicated than can be anticipated when
completing these directives. They are, however, a helpful document to
be used as a reference for the medical care team to understand basic wishes.
Have link to a Maryland Living Will Document
- Maryland Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)- A portable
and enduring medical order that covers options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation
and other life-sustaining treatments. The Maryland MOLST form includes
that patient’s preference for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, intubation,
tube feeding and other interventions. This form can be filled out by the
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions if the patient hasn’t
filled it out themself. Have link to Maryland MOLST form
For more information or to reach out to our staff directly, please contact
our offices by calling (240) 566-3030.