Health Care Directive

Completing a health care directive assures that in the midst of a medical crisis or when unable to speak for yourself, you will receive the care you would choose if you were able to make your wishes known.

Health Care Directives

A Health Care Directive is a legal document that states your health care preferences in writing. It will outline your values and preferences for future medical care. The wishes that you include in your Health Care Directive will make your choices known when you are unable to communicate or make decisions. The goal of Advance Care Planning (ACP) is to make your wishes known in your Written Gift.

Writing your Health Care Directive

Health Care Directives in Minnesota must meet these legal requirements:

·        You must be at least 18 years old, and able to understand and communicate your wishes.

·        Your directive must be in writing, state your full name, be signed by you and dated.

·        Your directive must list one or both of the following: A named health care agent, and health care or treatment instructions.

·        In Minnesota, your signature on your directive must be witnessed by two adults or a notary public. (Neither of the two adults can be your agent. Only one of the adults can work for your health care organization.)

 

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