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Health care directive forms
Allina Health patients in Minnesota and Wisconsin can use these forms to provide their families and health care team members written instructions about their wishes.
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Health care directives
A health care directive (formerly called a living will) gives your family direction on what medical care you want or don't want if you can't communicate. This document gives you the chance to write out your wishes.
It is suggested that all people, even those not currently ill or having surgery, make sure their loves ones are aware of their wishes. A health care directive is a way to do that.
For help completing a health care directive or to set up a meeting with an advance care planning facilitator, call 651-635-9173.
The health care directive goes into effect if you cannot make medical decisions or make your wishes known (such as you cannot communicate or you are mentally unable).
A health care directive allows you to…
Remember: The most important thing about the health care directive is that you, your family and your doctor each understand your wishes.
If you have a completed health care directive, bring a copy of your health care directive to the hospital. It will be part of your medical chart.
If you don't already have a health care directive, talk about your medical care and treatment wishes with your family and health care team before preparing one. These decisions may be difficult. Your health care team will help you understand how these decisions may affect you.
Questions you might start thinking about now include:
Once a health care directive is written, it can be changed or revoked as long as you are able.
Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648; Allina Health Patient Education, Health Care Directives and Minnesota Law, gen-ahc-91676 (2/07)
Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2007