The Maryland Department of Aging Public Guardianship Program serves individuals 65 years of age and older, who have been deemed by a court of law to lack the capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning their daily living needs. The law authorizes, as a last resort, appointing the Secretary of the State Department of Aging or the Director of a local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) as a "guardian of person" when there is no other person or organization willing and appropriate to be named. The program provides protection and advocacy on behalf of the disabled older adult through case management provided by guardianship specialists of the program.
Advance Directives - are legal documents that allow you choose someone to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so for yourself and/or outline what end of life treatments you do or do not want to undergo. There are three sections to the State’s model advance directives form, which may be completed fully or partially; meaning you may just appoint a decision maker or just document your treatment options or both.
Surrogate Decision-Making – Maryland’s Health Care Decision Act allows relatives or close friends of an incapacitated person to consent to certain medical procedures. The statue also provides the surrogate the ability to withhold or withdraw of life-sustaining procedures without first obtaining a guardianship under certain circumstances (terminal, end-stage, and persistent vegetative state). The statute defines the priority of surrogate decisions makers and protocols to be followed. Download our brochure, for Making Health Care Decisions for Others. For more detailed information go to http://www.oag.state.md.us/Healthpol/proxyGuide.htm
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