Honoring Choices

Advance Care Planning and Health Care Directives

When it comes to decisions about your health care, it’s important that your voice is heard. You may not always be able to speak for yourself.

We encourage you to have discussions with your loved ones, cultural or spiritual leaders and health care providers about your goals, values, beliefs and choices.

We are a part of Honoring Choices Minnesota®, supporting and promoting the benefits of advance care planning conversations.

Our goals are to:

  • Help you make informed decisions about your healthcare choices and ensure that those choices are honored
  • Offer advance care planning discussions with trained staff
  • Ensure your choices are clearly defined, documented and available in your medical record
  • Translate your choices into medical orders as needed

Why is Advance Care Planning important?

  • Know what your health care choices are and decide what is right for you
  • An unexpected illness or injury could leave you unable to participate in important treatment decisions
  • When choices are left to others to decide that responsibility can be difficult and stressful
  • By discussing and outlining your choices, your voice is heard in the care you want to receive

How can I learn more?

We offer free classes at multiple locations, days and times. Our trained facilitators will provide information and guide you through a Health Care Directive document. They can also review, notarize and add your document to your medical record.

Click here to register or call Fairview Access Services at 612-672-7272 or toll free at 800-824-1953 for assistance.

How do I document my choices?

There are now two options to share your treatment choices and name your health care agent. Download for free the Honoring Choices Health Care Directive or the one-page version, Honoring Choices Health Care Directive Short Form. Use the document that best fits your needs. If you are a resident of Wisconsin we recommend the Honoring Choices Wisconsin Advance Directive.

More Resources to help with your Health Care Directive

To assist you in completing a Health Care Directive you may find the following resources helpful.

Health Care Goals Worksheet: This document will assist you in considering your values and goals and can be attached to a Health Care Directive.

Advance Care Planning Guide: Information about how to get started and completing a directive

Advance Care Planning Terms to Know: Explanation of commonly used Advance Care Planning terms

Health Care Agent: Information on choosing a health care agent and information for the person(s) you chose.

Honoring Choices—Your Rights: Explanation of your rights regarding informing others about your health care wishes and creating Advance directives

Advance Care Planning Handout: Printable handout with information on how we can help you with Advance Care Planning and Health Care Directives

Resources in Other Languages


Health Care Directive: Daim Ntawv Qhia Seb Kuv Xav Tau Kev Kho Mob Li Cas
Health Care Directive Short Form: Kev kho mob raws li koj xav tau: daim luv
Honoring Choices Your Rights: Ua Raws Li Tej Kev Xaiv – Koj Tej Cai
Common Terms in End of Life Care: Cov lus Kho Mob uas Niaj Hnub Hais ThaumTu tej tug Neeg uas Yuav Tas Sim Neej

HONORING CHOICES Hmong - Hmong subtitles from Free Country Media on Vimeo.


Health Care Directive: Распоряжение о лечении и уходе
Health Care Directive Short Form: Распоряжения по лечению и уходу: короткая Форма
Honoring Choices Your Rights: Соблюдение Ваших Пожеланий – Ваши Права
Common Terms in End of Life Care: Общие положения в связи с прекращением ухода за пациентами


Health Care Directive: Dardaaranka Daryeel Caafimaad
Health Care Directive Short Form: Rabitaankaaga Daryeelka Caafimaadka: Arjiga/Foomka Gaaban
Honoring Choices Your Rights: Ciseynta Fursadaha – Xaquuqdaada
Common Terms in End of Life Care: Erayada Ugu Badan ee Loo Isticmaalo Daryeelka Maalmaha-ugu-Dambeeya-Nolosha

HONORING CHOICES Somali - Somali subtitles from Free Country Media on Vimeo.


Health Care Directive: Directivas del Cuidado de la Salud
Health Care Directive Short Form: Deseos Para el Cuidado de la Salud: Formulario Corto
Honoring Choices Your Rights: Programa Honoring Choices – sus derechos
Common Terms in End of Life Care: Palabras de uso frecuente en la atención del paciente cercano a la muerte

HONORING CHOICES Spanish - Spanish subtitles from Free Country Media on Vimeo.

Additional resources on Advance Care Planning and Health Care Directives

Honoring Choices Minnesota: Video stories, documentaries and resources
Fairview Physician Associates: For Fairview Physician Associate patients
The Conversation Project: Tools, video stories and resources
Organ Donation Facts: Everyone should consider themselves a potential donor!