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Advance care planning

Minneapolis VA health care helps Veterans plan for long term care and to start the process of thinking about and communicating your healthcare wishes.

Connect with a social worker

If you have questions about long term care planning you can speak with your VA primary care team or contact the Minneapolis VA Social Work program by calling 612-467-2042 or contact: 

Megan Schmitz, MSW, LICSW
Advance Care Planning Coordinator 

Advance care planning

We offer advanced care consultations to Veterans. Although the VA is not a long-term care facility, our staff will connect Veterans and their support systems to needed services.

Advance Care Planning - VA Caregiver Support Program

Planning for long term care

People often need advanced care when they have a significant ongoing health condition or disability. The need for advanced care can arise suddenly, such as after a heart attack or stroke. Most often, however, it develops gradually, as people get older and frailer or as an illness or disability gets worse. In either case, knowing your advanced care plan will help you and your support system navigate your next steps.

Contact your county or tribal agency human services department to schedule your no cost long term care consultation.

VA benefits and community resources for Veterans and their Caregivers

Classes, clinics, and information sessions

Advance care planning class

Sometimes we learn best when we learn from each other.

  • 4th Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Format: VA Video Connect
  • Register up to two weeks before class. Video link to join will be provided to participants once registered.
  • To register and for more information, please call Megan Schmitz, MSW, LICSW at .

Drop-in clinic

Education related to VA health care directives and discussing other topics/resources related to advance care planning needs. Receive assistance with completing VA health care directives.

  • Offered monthly.
  • For monthly offerings dates and times, please call Megan Schmitz, MSW, LICSW at .

Information table

  • Offered monthly in the flag atrium.
  • For monthly offerings dates and times, please call Megan Schmitz, MSW, LICSW at .