Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney (IA)

These documents allow you to appoint a health care agent to make health care decisions for you when you become unable and express your wishes for life-prolonging care in an end-of-life situation. Specifically, these documents are:

  1. Declaration Relating to Life-Sustaining Procedures (Living Will), which states that you want life-sustaining procedures to be withheld or withdrawn if you are unable to make treatment decisions, and you have an incurable or irreversible condition that will result in death in a short time, or are permanently unconscious. You may also include additional end-of-life care instructions.
  2. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, which lets you designate a person as your health care agent to make health care decisions for you when you become incapable of doing so yourself.
  3. Anatomical Gift, which lets you to share your wishes for donating organs, tissues, and other body parts, which could be used for transplant, therapy, medical research, and/or education.

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Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney - Iowa (Guidance Notes)

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