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Planning for Health Care

The Minnesota Health Care Directive

Marlene S. Stum, Extension Specialist and Professor — Family Social Science

Revised January 2011

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 Tookit

The Toolkit provides:

To write your own health care directive you have two choices:

  1. Download the planning toolkit is a fillable form (821 K PDF) to complete it electronically. Save your draft and print off completed copies as need. (Requires Adobe Reader).
  2. Download and print a hard copy of the planning toolkit (144 K PDF).

Other Recommended Resources

Across Generations: Dealing With Life Transitions — Advice on how to evaluate, set goals and share your plans with others.

Financing Long Term Care: A Resource Center for Families — Information, tools, and more to help you start planning for long term care.

Critical Conversations About Financing Long Term Care Online Course — Free online course to help you identify and communicate strategies to manage the risk of long term care.

The Minnesota Health Care Directive — Planning tool to help you get the best end of life care.

American Society on Aging — Develops leadership, knowledge, and skills to address the challenges and opportunities of adverse aging society.

Gerontological Society of America — Promotes and shares research on aging as well as supports aging education and training.

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