A Health Care Surrogate is one of the most important documents in your planning package. The Health Care Surrogate is the medical equivalent of a Power of Attorney. It permits the person whom you designate to make decisions regarding treatment, apply for insurance or other benefits and to arrange for your admission to an appropriate place of care. I don’t think I have ever had anyone come in about this issue who told me that he or she wanted to exist in a persistent vegetative state. The Health Care Surrogate will help prevent that.

On the resources page, under Polk County, there is a link to the Tax Collector’s site with information about how to designate an emergency contact on your driver’s license.