Adults generally have the right to decide if they want medical treatment. This right also includes decisions about treatments that extend life, like life-support machines or feeding tubes. An advance directive allows you to identify your preferences for treatment in advance in the event that you are unable to voice your wishes.
Sometimes, an accident or illness takes away a person's ability to make healthcare choices. But the decision must still be made. If you are unable to make the decision, others will. They will decide based on your wishes or your best interests, if your wishes are unknown.
Learn more by visiting the pages below:
- Five Wishes
- Maryland Advance Directives Guide
- Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Information
Hospice and Palliative Care
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital offers help and support for families who have a loved one dealing with life-limiting, life-changing, or end-of-life illnesses through its Hospice and Palliative Care programs.