Advanced Directives

    Advance directives are documents that assist you today to make decisions about your medical care in the future. They help your family and physicians when you are unable to speak for yourself, in assuring that your wishes are followed. In the state of Iowa, there are two types of advance directives legally recognized: the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and the Living Will, known in Iowa as the Declaration Relating to Use of Life-Sustaining Procedures.

    Further information on Advance Directives may be found at the following websites:

    The Department of Elder Affairs: A step-by-step guide to preparing advance directives documents is available on the Department of Elder Affairs website. The guide is entitled: GiftofPeaceofMind.pdf [PDF Format- be patient with load time- this is a large document].
    The Iowa State Bar Association: Forms to complete a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney are available on the Iowa State Bar Association website. Click on the appropriate link in the previous sentence to take you directly to the site.
    The Legal Hotline for Older Iowans: Use the Legal Information page to get general information about many legal topics, including Advance Directives forms.The Legal Hotline is 1-800-992-8161.
    The American Hospital Association (AHA): Key resources to raise awareness around the important issue of Advanced Directives. The site also included links to brochures and wallet ID cards.

    If you would like more information or have questions, please contact the Department of Social Services at 319-863-3927.