Advance Care Planning

Make sure you’re heard (even if you can’t speak for yourself). 

What would happen to you if an illness or an accident caused you to be unable to speak?

By planning ahead, your preferences for your care can still be “heard.”  

Do these things:

  1. Name your health care agent.
  2. Talk to that person about your preferences.
  3. Document these decisions.

Decide who you want to be your health care agent. Your health care agent makes medical decisions for you if you are unable to. Who do you trust to make your health care choices if you can't?  Record his or her name. Talk to that person. Have periodic discussions about what you would want done for you if you are unable to express those wishes for yourself.  

Ways to get started:

Go to our neighboring county's Speak(easy) Howard website and use their interactive questions.

Or download this one-page flyer of questions.

Document your decisions:

Store the information online at


Other options:

Use this Conversation Starter Kit to guide your conversations --- and to document your wishes.

Or use the state of Maryland form: Maryland Advance Directive

No matter what form you use, it is important to have discussions with your loved ones about your wishes. Talk about your values and the things that are important to you. Discuss the term “quality of life” and what that means to you.

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