Advance Care Planning during a Pandemic

Why Advanced Care Planning is even more critical during the COVID-19 situation


So, what does Advanced Care Planning have to do with COVID-19? Doesn't that really apply to retirement planning, senior citizens and end-of-life concerns more than it does for people in mid-life, or even younger singles, parents with small children, or young people?

Let's look at this question from a different perspective than retirement planning, shall we?

Since the onset of the pandemic, the challenges of healthcare and clear communication between caregivers, family and solo individuals has become ever-more critical to address. More and more frequently we see coverage in the news about how hospitals are calling out for tablets and smartphones to protect staff, preserve protective equipment, and help patients connect with loved ones. We also hear heart-wrenching stories about families that cannot be present with their loved ones when inside healthcare facilities and as a result, struggle to coordinate care and advocate on their behalf - and nurses and staff using their personal cell phones to try and assist with these critical connections.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of thinking about, talking about, and documenting your preferences and goals for future medical care. Why is ACP and completing a health care directive important? Because if you cannot advocate for yourself because of health concerns (unconscious, critically ill, quarantined, etc.) and your loved ones either can't be with you, or don't know what your wishes are regarding your own healthcare, how can you be confident that you'll be cared for in the manner you wish?


Many people are asking themselves: How do I begin the process? What if I have specific wishes to convey due to COVID-19?

In this presentation you’ll receive:

  • a navigational tour of the Minnesota health care directive
  • resources from Honoring Choices Minnesota to help you
  • consider who you would like to speak for you if you could not
  • understand life-sustaining treatment options in general and in light of COVID-19
  • clarify your wishes for care and treatment.

This workshop topic is timely based upon the current mandates for social distancing, quarantine and other health issues that everyone could face for themselves or loved ones. This workshop will be a lively and informative discussion with plenty of time for Q&A.

Date: Tuesday, May 19 2020

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: ZOOM Virtual Meeting


Kerry Gervais Hjelmgren is the recently appointed Executive Director of Honoring Choices Minnesota. Before this role, she coordinated and developed a grassroots Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning program for the communities of Faribault and Owatonna as a part of the Honoring Choices Greater Minnesota ACP initiative.

Prior to Honoring Choices, she specialized in health care education and staff development for 12 years, and cemented her passion for assisting others with end-of-life issues during her four years working in hospice. Her main goal is for every Minnesotan to understand what advance care planning is, why it is essential for all adults to engage in the process, and where to find helpful tools and resources to complete a health care directive. 

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