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Advance care planning

Advance care planning reference guides

These guides will help you and your loved ones plan for the future.

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 an advance directive or health care directive.

Advance care planning is a process to:

  • Understand your health care treatment options.
  • Clarify your health care goals.
  • Weigh your options about what kind of care and treatment you would want or not want.
  • Make decisions about whether you want to appoint a health care agent or complete a health care directive.
  • Communicate your wishes and any documents with your family, friends and health care provider.

Free class

Advance care planning: Make your health care wishes known

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.


End-of-life planning: Family stories

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

End-of-life planning: Conversations

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.

Advance care planning news

Honoring Choices is about end-of-life planning

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

Allina program helps patients discuss end-of-life planning

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

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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.