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General Resources

The resources described in this section include General Information; Legal Resources; Senior Source Information; Family Caregiver Resources; County and Local Resources; and Prescription Drug Resources.


  • MOLST
  • MOLST stands for Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. MOLST is a standard form and a process that you can use to plan for medical situations in the event that you cannot speak for yourself due to serious illness or a life-threatening condition. The MOLST form records your treatment preferences into medical orders that can be used across throughout the health care system. The form goes where you go – to the hospital, rehabilitation, assisted living, and back home.

  • Beginning July 1, 2013 certain Maryland health care facilities will be required to complete the form for certain patients (these include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, hospices, dialysis centers, and hospitals).

  • You can start the process by having a conversation with your doctor or other health professional about your current medical conditions and what you can expect in the future. Next, talk with your family and/or anyone else with whom you feel close and decide what medical treatments you want or do not want. Your decisions should be based on your preferences. Remember, you have the right to agree or disagree with medical treatments that are recommended to you.

  • The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sponsors a web site that has more complete information about MOLST. For more information visit the web site at http://Marylandmolst.org.

  • Legal Resources
  • The Office of the Attorney General of Maryland has "A Consumer Guide for Seniors," a 36-page booklet on that has information on avoiding scams and fraud. This publication includes common health issues including help with medical insurance problems. You can read it online http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/seniors.pdf or call to request a free copy by mail by calling (410) 576-6500 or toll-free 1-888-743-0023.

  • Family Caregiver Resources: Information on Caregiver Resources is located on this site.

  • Geriatric Care Manager - a geriatric care manager is a trained professional specializing in assisting older people and their families with long-term care arrangements. Use the link that follows to visit the Mid-Atlantic Geriatric Care Manager web site and learn about this service. http://www.midatlanticgcm.org.

  • HealthCare.gov - a federal web site that will explain features of the Affordable Care Act. There are special sections on the site explaining services and benefits for people with disabilities: https://www.healthcare.gov/people-with-disabilities/
    and for seniors, http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/08/seniors.html

  • County and Local Resources: County and Local Resources: the link that follows will take you to a site where you can find the website for each Maryland county: http://www.mdcounties.org/index.aspx?NID=9

  • Prescription Drug Resources
  • Patient Bill of Rights: Maryland law Health General Article (19-343), and regulations provides Maryland nursing home residents with basic rights. The regulation can be found in the Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 10.07.09.08. Use this link to read the entire “Patient Bill of Rights (pdf)”.


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