Advance care planning is the process of planning “in advance” for health care decisions that may be needed in the future. Someday you may be unable to make decisions about your health care, and others may need to decide what treatments to undertake or forego. Advance care planning provides information about your care preferences to health care providers, family members, and others involved in such decisions.
The Bemidji Area Advance Care Planning team is implementing a comprehensive advance care planning model in the area. The approach is comprehensive because it treats advance care planning (ACP) as a process and assumes that different kinds of planning are important at different times of life. At Sanford Bemidji, we chose the Respecting Choices® model because it is internationally recognized as an effective model with excellent outcomes and its effectiveness is well supported by evidence.
A successful advance care planning process results in clear, well-considered care preferences that are honored. Conversation is a critical part of a successful advance care planning process. Though written preferences are helpful, there is no substitute for hearing your preferences, concerns and values in your own words directly from you. A facilitated conversation leads you to decisions consistent with your goals, values and experiences. It provides your decision maker with insight into what is most important to you.
This ACP website was supported, in part, by a CS/SD Grant from, the MN Department of Human Services (DHS). Points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official DHS policy.
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