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Advance Care Planning

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by what we are experiencing as we create a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a lot that you can’t control, but one thing you can control is what health care decisions are made in the event of an emergency.

Advance care planning is making decisions about the health care you would want to receive if you're facing a medical crisis. These decisions can be based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones.

Here are important steps you can take now to inform your health care agents and care team of your preferences should the need arise:

Ensure you have a health care directive

A health care directive is a written document that informs others of your health care wishes. It allows you to name a person ("agent") to decide for you if you are unable to make a decision. You must be at least 18 years old to make a health care directive. To get started, download a health care directive from Light the Legacy.

Add advance care planning preferences to your Hennepin Healthcare MyChart account

MyChart is Hennepin Healthcare’s patient portal where you can easily manage your health care needs online. If you do not have an account, you can register or call 612-873-5600 for help setting one up.

Update your emergency contact information in your MyChart account.

Make sure your health care team has the most current information if they need to reach a loved one. Located under the “Profile” section in your account, ensure your personal information is up to date and that an emergency contact has been added.

Complete the information for end-of-life planning in your MyChart account.

Under the “Health” section in your account, identify a health care agent, fill out the end-of-life planning questions and upload any legal documents (like your health care directive or living will).

Share this information

Talk, discuss, and share your emergency contact information, end-of-life planning details, and health care agent with loved ones.