Put a Plan in Place

In the event that you could not make your own medical decisions (for any reason), you should be prepared and have a plan set in place. The plan should include, family, friends, and health care providers so they remain informed.

Consider the following when putting a plan in place:

  • Communicate your options: Voice your wants and what you think is best with your family and loved ones. This helps them to understand your wishes and reduce the chance of conflicts in the future.
  • Speak to others: Talk to other individuals who have experienced difficulties with dealing with a disability or similar situation. It can be helpful to talk to someone you trust about how you wish to face death or a disability.
  • Choose your Healthcare Representative: Decide who you want to make your primary health care decision maker. Consider someone who respects your values, beliefs, and concerns about your care.
  • Seek Help With Planning: here are variety of different professionals that you can reach out to such as Lawyers, Social workers, or even clergy members who can help you create an advance directive.

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For more in-depth assistance, contact your local MAP office directly or call the statewide toll-free number (1-844-627-5465).

Maryland Access Point (MAP) staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.