"Voices of Advance Care Planning"
How to use in homes and private residences
Most people prefer to have an ACP conversation in a safe, trusted place. For many, the home or place of residence is an ideal place to begin. Find a quiet, comfortable room where you won’t be disturbed. Begin by briefly discussing what aspects of your life are most important. Who are the people you love? What are your most meaningful daily activities? If you had an unexpected accident or change in health, what things in life would give you the most satisfaction and happiness?
1. View the video with your loved ones and those you trust most.
2. After viewing, begin a meaningful conversation on what the video stories mean to you. You might begin by asking or sharing:
• Have you ever had this conversation with loved ones?
• What did you understand about ACP in this video?
• What experiences have you had in discussing end-of-life wishes with your loved ones?
• Do your loved ones know your wishes if you were unable to communicate for yourself?
3. Download a free healthcare directive in Spanish, Somali or Hmong from the Honoring Choices Minnesota website at www.honoringchoices.org. Review it with your loved ones and consider who might be the best health care agent to represent your wishes.
4. After completing your directive, have two witnesses sign it or have it notarized. Give a copy to your physician and loved ones. Letting others who care about you know your wishes is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.