Power of Attorney / Guardianship / Substitute Decision-Making
If your loved one is or may become unable to make decisions regarding health care, finances or other affairs, he or she may need to legally depend on someone else to safeguard their person, assets, rights and wishes.
Watching a loved one's health decline is a difficult process and can be made even more stressful if he or she has not set up a health care power of attorney. Learn more about this topic at CaregiverStress.com.
The Iowa Office of Substitute Decision Maker (OSDM) was established to create a statewide network of substitute decision makers who provide substitute decision-making services as a last resort, only when no other decision maker is available.
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