An advance care plan provides information to others about your wishes in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself.
Advance care planning is designed to help anyone, healthy or sick, communicate their wishes for medical treatment. This planning process will clarify what your family and friends need to know if you become unable to make health care decisions for yourself.
When you put these wishes in writing, this kind of plan is called a health care directive.
Advance care planning is a process to:
Make sure your family and health care providers know your goals and values for future health care needs in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself. Learn more at a free class.
Call 612-262-2224 to register for the class that's most convenient.
Allina has been involved with the Honoring Choices project since 2008. The program focuses on the importance of advance care planning and end-of-life issues including medical, legal and spiritual considerations.
You can watch "Honoring Choices at the End of Life," the one-hour documentary at honoringchoices.org.
This second installment in the Honoring Choices documentary discusses starting conversations about health care choices that are difficult but critical to communicate to family members. Watch the 30-minute documentary.
Sandy Schellinger, CNP, discusses Allina Health involvement with Honoring Choices, a three year program to get Minnesotans talking about planning so families are prepared when dealing with end-of-life issues. Watch the interview on allinanews.com.
In the last three years, the number of Allina patients with advanced care directives has more than doubled. Sandy Schellinger, CNP, discussed the importance of communicating your medical wishes with Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to the interview on allinanews.com.
April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day, is when all people, regardless of age or current health, are reminded of the importance of making their health care wishes known to loved ones and their care providers.
Geriatrician, Meena Mudkanna, MD, spoke with KSTP about the importance of advance care planning discussions and completing a health care directive.
Fill out your health care directive in your secure online account.
Detail your wishes or simply name someone to speak on your behalf when you cannot.
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log in or sign up.
If you don't want to fill out your health care directive online, you can also print out and fill in the paper form:
After you print the PDF and fill it out, have it signed by two witnesses or have it notarized by a notary public. Then give copies to your health care provider and health care agent(s).
Learn more about health care directives.
These guides will help you and your loved ones plan for the future.