Agingwithdignity.org has provided the following information on Five Wishes. Please visit their webiste for more information or contact your local St. Joseph Hospice for a free presentation:
"The Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also encourages discussing your wishes with your family and physician.
Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life. Nearly FOUR MILLION COPIES of the document are circulating throughout the nation. In addition, more than 7,000 ORGANIZATIONS are distributing this revolutionary document, including churches, synagogues, hospices, hospitals, doctor and law offices, and social service agencies.
The document speaks to people in their own language, not in "doctor speak" or "lawyer talk." It can be used in the living room instead of the emergency room. And it helps families talk with their physician about a subject that before was too hard to face.
Five Wishes was introduced and originally distributed with support from a generous grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care."
Please visit agingwithdignity.org to learn more about Five Wishes. You may also use our contact form or call your local St. Joseph Hospice for a free presentaion on Five Wishes.
Download the PDF read-only document here.