Health care directives

Minnesota law allows you to inform others of your health care wishes. You have the right to state your wishes or appoint an agent in writing so that others will know what you want if you can't tell them because of illness or injury. The information that follows talks about health care directives and how to prepare them. It does not give every detail of the law.

Get more information about health care directives or forms from your health care provider, your attorney, the Minnesota Department of Health at or call the Minnesota Board on Aging's Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433

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A health care directive is a written document that informs others of your wishes about your health care. It allows you to name a person ("agent") to make health care decisions for you if you are unable. It also allows you to name an agent if you want someone else to decide for you. You must be at least 18 years old to make a health care directive.