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A different kind of holiday gift

December 2, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER For many, the holidays may be the only time of year that entire families are all together at one time. This may be a good opportunity to have a discussion with your family about Advance Directives. Although this can be a difficult topic to bring up, it is extremely important so that your wishes can be known and protected. It can also provide great relief and truly be "A Gift" to family and friends that may find themselves someday having to make these difficult decisions.

An Advance Directive is a legal document that informs health care providers of your wishes in regards to medical treatment if you are unable to tell them for yourself. There are two types of Advance Directives in Iowa: the Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and the Living Will.

The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a document that names another to make medical decisions for you, if you were unable to do so. (This would only go into effect if you were unable to make your own decisions). A Living will is a document that lets medical staff know which treatments you may or may not want, if your condition has been determined to be terminal or one is in a permanent vegetative or unconscious state.

For more information about Advance Directives or obtaining documents, please contact Kristi Barnett, Social Services at Grundy County Memorial Hospital at (319) 824-4129 or visit the Advance Directives page on our website @

If you have any questions regarding our services please call the hospital at (319) 824-5421 or visit our website at



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