Resources/External Links

Important decision-making information for patients and families as they navigate palliative care, hospice care and grief support services

Medicare Hospice Benefit
Maryland Advance Directive
Maryland MOLST Form and Instructions
Healthcare Decision Making Worksheet

Additional Areas of Support

AARP – By being an AARP member, discover the benefits and discounts on meals, health care, prescriptions, travel and more.

Advance Directives – Everyone has the right to make personal decisions about health care. Advance Directives has forms available to assist in the decision making process.

Aging with Dignity A private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness.

ALS Association – The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.

Alzheimer’s Association – The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Americans for Better Care of the Dying – Americans for Better Care of the Dying (ABCD) aims to improve end-of-life care by providing you transparency regarding hospice care.

Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA – A self-help support organization dedicated to assisting parents, grandparents, siblings, and aunts and uncles, toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to providing information and education to help others be supportive.

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities – Their goal is to improve the quality of life of our citizens by providing options and resources to older adults and adults with disabilities to enable them to live independent and meaningful lives.

Anne Arundel Medical Center – A regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., serving an area of more than one million people.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center – UM BWMC is open 24/7/365 to care for our community, and our health care services are wide ranging to meet the needs of you and your family.

CaringBridge – CareBridge aims to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – A federal agency that conducts and supports health promotion, prevention and preparedness activities in the United States, with the goal of improving overall public health.

DeCesaris Cancer Institute -The Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. is a comprehensive, regional leader in cancer care that includes the latest in prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Doctors Community Hospital – When you need high-quality health care, trust your neighborhood hospital – Doctors Community Hospital.

DocuBank – The DocuBank Emergency Card helps to ensure that your medical wishes are known and respected when it counts.

Dying Well – Dying well means different things to us all. Death is an individual experience, but a community of accompaniment on the journey can help us to prepare by bringing consolation and spiritual peace.

Eldercare Locator – A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families

Family Caregiver Alliance – Family Caregiver Alliance supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for adult loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

Five Wishes – Five Wishes is America’s most popular living will because it’s written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most — the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal.

Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa – Global Partners in Care is dedicated to improving access to hospice and palliative care worldwide where the need is great and the resources are few.

Hard Choices for Loving People – Hank Dunn uses his more than 30 years of experience as a hospice, hospital, and nursing home chaplain to help patients and their families with end-of-life decision making.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association – HPNA’s goal is to transform the care and culture of serious illness, with a focus on closing the gap in what could be a critical shortage of hospice and palliative professionals needed to care for the aging Baby Boomer population.

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland – Their goal is to promote for the provision of quality hospice and palliative care in Maryland.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Living Wills Registry – The mission of the U.S. Living Will Registry is to promote the use of advance directives through educational programs, and to make people’s health care choices available to their caregivers and families whenever and wherever they are needed, while maintaining the confidentiality of their information and documents.

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A Guide for Marylanders – This guide tells what to do while there’s still time to think about it. It also suggests how to make the hard decisions. And it tells where you can get help and more information.

Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations – For 25 years, Maryland Nonprofits has worked to promote a thriving and effective nonprofit sector.

Medicare – A federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.

Medicare and Medicaid – A jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for low-income and needy people. It covers children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled and other people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization – Their mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life.

National Family Caregivers Association – An online resource for people considering, planning for or engaged in end-of-life issues.

National Parkinson Foundation – The National Parkinson Foundation works to make life better for people with Parkinson’s through expert care and research.

Prince George’s Hospital Center – Prince George’s Hospital Center was founded in 1944 and is an acute care teaching hospital and regional referral center conveniently located in Cheverly, Maryland.

Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care – Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes to improve health care for dying people and their families.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Their goal is to help raise the health of everyone in the United States to the level that a great nation deserves, by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life.

Southern Maryland Hospital Center – MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is an acute care hospital focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians.

Tate Cancer Center – The center is proud to offer patients access to a variety of clinical trials for different types of cancer.