Advance Care Planning
What kind of care would you want?
If you weren't able to make your health care decisions for yourself, do your loved ones know what kind of care you want? Does your health care team?
If you answered NO, then it’s time to make a plan for your health care choices.
You have the right to know what your health care choices are. You have the right to decide which ones are best for you.
When it comes to decisions about your health care, it's important that your voice is heard. You may not always be able to speak for yourself. Creating a Health Care Directive makes your wishes known. A clear directive also eases the stress for others, especially if they become responsible for carrying out your wishes.
Fairview is here to help you begin the conversation.
The best time to develop an advance care plan is now–not when faced with a crisis. We have trained staff who can help you begin the conversation. They can also help you develop an advance care plan at no cost.
Planning for your future health care needs brings up sensitive, personal and sometimes difficult situations. It's important to talk about your choices with those closest to you and your health care team. That way, everyone will know what your wishes are.
Fairview Honors Your Choices
Advance Care Planning Terms
Advance Care Planning
Lifelong conversations that help you make decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. These discussions let you reflect upon your goals, values and beliefs in regards to future health care decisions.
Health Care Directive
A written document outlining your values, goals, and medical treatment wishes in case you can’t speak for yourself. You can name someone to be in charge of carrying out your directives. Completing a directive is optional. We recommended it so your preferences are clear to your loved ones and care providers. A directive is intended for anyone 18 years of age or older, and should be reviewed over time.
Health Care Agent
The person named in your Health Care Directive responsible for making sure your health care wishes are carried out if you're unable to make your own decisions due to illness or injury.
Make A Plan
Fairview has many resources to help you plan. Download a document, information materials, or register for a free Advance Care Planning class by visiting fairview.org/choices
Or, if you are ready to begin the process, contact the Memory Loss Assessment Clinic Intake staff at 952-914-1722 and request an Advance Care Planning Facilitator.
Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning at Fairview
Fairview Health Services is part of Honoring Choices Minnesota™, an effort by the Twin Cities Medical Society and its Foundation to encourage families and communities to have discussions regarding end-of-life care choices. As one of many care systems in Minnesota who support this effort, Fairview Health Services encourages you to have discussions with your loved ones, cultural and spiritual leaders, and health care team about your goals, values, beliefs and choices.
For more information, visit fairview.org/choices or call: 612-672-7272, or toll-free 1-800-824-1953.