Advance Care Planning

It is the right of the patient to choose the medical care they wish in any situation, even when the patient is too sick or hurt to tell their family members or their physician. The way to ensure the correct healthcare wishes are carried out is to complete an Advanced Directive.

Advanced Directive

In order to have an Advanced Directive, the patient will need to discuss their wishes with their family and physician. An Advanced Directive should be done by discussing your wishes with your family and physician and then complete our Power of Attorney for Healthcare Form.

Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

The patient can appoint a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. This person knows the patient’s wishes and they will follow through with the patient’s wishes if they are too sick or hurt to do so. This person will have the authority to make life and death decisions according to the wishes. Make sure this person is willing to be the Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

Living Will

The patient can fill out a living will, this should be in writing. It explains the patient’s wishes about withholding or withdrawing medical treatments should they suffer a terminal illness or are sustained on life support. Living wills may state specific measures that the patient wishes or does not wish to have taken to prolong their life when they are clearly dying. Living Wills are legal documents and are required to be signed just like a regular will, but it does go into effect before death. It is then important to explain to the family and those close to them the wishes the patient has chosen. It is also important to talk with their physician to make sure the plan is clear and will be supported by the health care workers.

 

Advance Directives can be changed at any time, as long as the patient is capable of making decisions. Advance Directives should be placed in the patient’s medical record. Information packets for filling out Advance Medical Directives are available at the main entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital or may be printed off above.

Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney – Iowa
Advance Directive including Power of Attorney for Health Care – Wisconsin

Long Term Care Facilities in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Service Area:

Garden View Assisted Living      

Monona, IA                       

563-539-4528

www.gardenviewplace.com

Good Samaritan Center Nursing Home

563-864-7425

Grand Meadows Glenn

563-864-3641

Postville, IA

www.good-sam.com/postville

Good Samaritan Center Nursing Home

Waukon, IA

563-568-3447

www.good-sam.com/waukon

Northgate Care Center

Waukon, IA 

563-568-3493

www.abcmcorp.com

Southcrest Assisted Living

Waukon, IA

563-568-4207

www.abcmcorp.com

Thornton Manor Nursing Center and Thornton Heights Assisted Living  

Lansing, IA

563-538-4236

www.thorntonmanorlansing.com

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