Planning your future

Advance Care Planning—Start the conversation

Family discussing advance care plans

Ridgeview Medical Center, recognizing that end-of-life planning can be difficult, has introduced a program to facilitate caring conversations among family members. It’s called Honoring Choices®—a program being implemented across the state in major health care systems. Modeled after an internationally acclaimed program pioneered in Wisconsin, Honoring Choices encourages family conversations, selection of a health care agent and completion of an advance care plan (health care directive). Family conversations are guided by specially trained volunteer facilitators.

Ridgeview now uses the Honoring Choices health care directive form. If you already have completed Five Wishes or any other version of an advance directive—even those from other states—they are completely valid and it is not necessary to complete the new form.

For health care facilities across the state, Honoring Choices provides a standardized process and forms to reach a common goal of getting patients to complete an advance care plan. The forms—and the support—are free, and you are not required to have an attorney present for the documents to be valid.

For more information about Advanced Care Planning and resources, call 952-777-4348.

Learn more by watching these videos highlighting the value of Honoring Choices: