“Thought for the Day” #855 – by Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

December 1, 2016

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.