Honoring Choices MN, an initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society working to support community-based conversations regarding end-of-life care planning, is working with groups in the City of Roseville to promote advanced care planning (ACP) with a number of activities in the community during the month of April.
At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.
ACP is a multistep process appropriate for adults of any age. ACP helps you:
- Consider and record your choices for future health care decisions, if you become incapacitated
- Select one or more people who will be your advocate(s) and make healthcare decisions for you when you become unable to make your own decisions
- Take the actions to convert your choices into a completed healthcare directive that can help your physicians know what medical treatment to order for you that respects your wishes, preferences and values
A list of trained healthcare providers that can help with ACP is available on the City of Roseville’s website at www.cityofroseville.com/ACP_Assist. Many of these services are free.
A schedule of the April ACP events is available online at www.cityofroseville.com/ACP_Events. The public is welcome to attend.