The Minnesota Health Care Directive
Everyone is at risk of not being able to make their own health care decisions.
A health care directive is a planning tool used to identify who you want to make decisions for you if you aren't able, and put your preferences and wishes regarding end-of-life health care in writing.
The Minnesota Health Care Directive Toolkit is available in two free to download formats:
- PDF copy of the planning toolkit that can be completed electronically. (Requires Adobe Reader.)
- Printable copy of the planning toolkit that can be filled out by hand.
- Step-by-step instructions for completing a health care directive
- Reasons for planning ahead
- Definitions of common terms
- Where to keep copies of the directive
- Myths and facts about health care directives
The toolkit provides:
Professionals have permission to download, print, and make copies of the Minnesota Health Care directive as long as the directive is not altered, and all pages are printed so the directive remains in tact.
The directive was updated in 1999, and last reviewed in January 2012. It is compliant with all Minnesota health care laws. The directive is specific to Minnesota and the information may not be applicable to individuals living in other states or countries.