An advance directive is a document that states a patient’s decision about medical treatment should they become unable to voice their desire, or it may also designate an individual to make decisions on their behalf.
Advance directives are signed in advance to notify health care providers of a patient’s wishes, essentially providing patients legally valid decision making abilities about future medical care. Maryland state law recognizes two types of advance directives: A Living Will Declaration and An Appointment of Health Care Agent.
Advance Directives are included with a patient’s chart. Patients admitted to GRMC may bring a copy of their Advance Directive with them so it can be made a part of their permanent medical file.
More information about Advance Directives:
- GRMC Social Work Services Department at (301) 533-4312.
- State of Maryland Office of the Attorney General
- WV Center for End-of-Life Care