Health Care Directive

Always seek the advice of qualified legal counsel regarding your unique situation. 

Honoring Choices Minnesota 

Honoring Choices Minnesota is an effort of the Twin Cities Medical Society and its Foundation to encourage families and communities to have discussions regarding end-of-life care choices. Twin Cities Public Television is supporting "Honoring Choices Minnesota" with efforts to reach and engage Minnesota citizens in this effort. Honoring Choices Minnesota uses the training, principles and methodology of Respecting Choices®, a nationally recognized model of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI.

Health Care Directive: 

Aging With Dignity's Five Wishes 

Aging With Dignity's Five Wishes helps people express how they want to be treated if they are seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves. It deals with all of a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes is available in print, online, and in 26 languages and Braille.

Five Wishes is used in all 50 states and in countries around the world. It meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in 42 states, one of which is MN.

Statutory Health Care Directive Minn. Stat. 145C.16

The State of Minnesota statutes also contain a health care directive that can be used.  Here is a link to a fillable PDF copy of the statutory Health Care Directive.  Unlike the above two options, this one, passed in 1993, is not required but is instead another option.  Hospitals, and those organizations included above offer another form.  Any form may be used as long as it meets the statutory requirements.