If you are serving as health care agent or surrogate decision maker for another, there are several critical “points of advocacy” you should be aware of, one of them being the period of time prior to discharge from one facility to another (discharge planning – for example, from a hospital to a rehabilitation center). Knowing your rights and responsibilities, and taking a strong position on behalf of your principal as the situation may require, are key to a successful outcome (the health and well being, or continuation thereof, of your friend or relative) at this critical juncture.
Stephen R. Elville, JD, LL.M
Elville & Associates, P.C.
9192 Red Branch Road
Suites 100 & 300
Columbia, Maryland 21045
Planning for Life, Planning for Legacies
443-393-7696 (Main Number)
443-741-3446 (Baltimore calling area)
301-272-8874 (Montgomery Co/DC/Northern Va. calling area)
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