There are many things in life that are out of our hands. Five Wishes gives you a way to control something very important - how you are treated if you get seriously ill. Five Wishes includes an easy-to-complete form that lets you say exactly what you want. Once it is filled out and properly signed it is valid under the laws of most states.
What Is Five Wishes?
Five Wishes is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. It lets you choose the person you want to make health care decisions for you if you are not able to make them for yourself. Five Wishes lets you say exactly how you wish to be treated if you get seriously ill. It was written with the help of The American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging, and the nation's leading experts in end-of-life care. It's also easy to use. All you have to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences.
How Five Wishes Can Help You And Your Family
- It lets you talk with your family, friends and doctor about how you want to be treated if you become seriously ill. Your family members will not have to guess what you want.
- It protects them if you become seriously ill, because they won't have to make hard choices without knowing your wishes.
- You can know what your mom, dad, spouse, or friend wants through a Five Wishes living will. You can be there for them when they need you most. You will understand what they really want.
How Five Wishes Began
For 12 years, a man named Jim Towey worked closelywith Mother Teresa, and, for one year, he lived in a hospice she ran in Washington, DC. Inspired by this first-hand experience, Mr. Towey sought a way for patients and their families to plan ahead and to cope with serious illness. The result is Five Wishes and the response to it has been overwhelming. It has been featured on CNN and NBC's Today Show and in the pages of Time and Money magazines. Newspapers have called Five Wishes the first "living will with a heart."
Who Should Use Five Wishes
Five Wishes is for anyone 18 or older - married, single, parents, adult children, and friends. Over eight million Americans of all ages have already used it. Because it works to well, lawyers, doctors, hospitals and hospices, faith communities, employers, and retiree groups are handing out this document.
What Are the Five Wishes
WISH 1: The person I want to make health care decisions for me when I can't make them for myself
WISH 2: My wish for the kind of medical treatment I want or don't want
WISH 3: My wish for how comfortable I want to be
WISH 4: My wish for how I want people to treat me
WISH 5: My wish for what I want my loved ones to know