Advance care planning is the process of giving information to others about your health care choices in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself.
Talk with members of your care circle about your health care choices. This is a time for you to share:
You can put your health care choices in writing by creating a health care directive. Members of your care circle and your health care providers will use this document to interpret and understand your wishes, goals and values for your future health care needs.
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Allina Health offers three ways to help you get started:
If you have a health care directive, bring a copy of it with you when you come to the hospital for surgery. It will be a permanent part of your medical record.