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What is an Advance Directive?

Sometimes called a "living will," an advance directive is a written document that tells your health care providers who should speak for you and what medical decisions they should make if you become unable to speak for yourself. An advance directive is important if you become unconscious or otherwise too sick to make your wishes known.

You can give copies of your advance directive to family members and your doctor, and bring a copy to the hospital if you become a patient.

State Laws About Advance Directives

Laws about advance directives are different in each state. To obtain the necessary forms, call the Main Admitting Office at 410-955-6190, or the Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy at 410-955-5842. Our chaplains and social workers can help you with the forms and with these important decisions.

More Information

You can visit the following websites for more information on advance directives:

Maryland Attorney General - Advance Directives

Living Will Registry with links to various state Advanced Directives documents

Five Wishes information

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