Advance DirectivesMany people today are worried about the medical care they would receive if they should become terminally ill and unable to communicate their wishes. That's why a growing number of people are taking an active role in their care before they become seriously ill. They are stating their health care preferences in writing, while they are still healthy and able to make such decisions, through legal documents called advance directives.
Advance directives are documents that enable you to make decisions now about your medical care in the future. They offer guidance to your family and doctors when you cannot speak for yourself, and help to assure that your values and important wishes are carried out. There are two advance directive documents recognized legally in Iowa.
You may also download The Gift of Peace of Mind, a full booklet that will help guide you through the process of completing Advance Directives. (See button below.)
If you have an Advanced Directive prepared, it's best to have these documents filed with your medical records upon admission to the hospital. Also, be sure that the person(s) you have chosen to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so have a copy.
If you have questions or concerns, please call us at (319) 642-5543.
For more information on Advance Directives, visit the Put it in Writing website.