Five Wishes, America's Most Popular Living Will

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Five Wishes, America's Most Popular Living Will

Older woman reading Five Wishes documentPlease join us for a talk by Wendy Gadson, Community Liaison for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, on use of the Five Wishes document that gives you a way to control something very important—how you are treated if you get seriously ill—to be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor. 

Five Wishes is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes.  The Five Wishes document is an easy-to-complete form that lets you state your exact wishes concerning:

1. The person you want to make care decisions for you when you can’t;
2. The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want;
3. How comfortable you want to be;
4. How you want people to treat you; and
5. What you want your loved ones to know.

The form 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.  Once the form is filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states. 

Ms. Gadson will provide an overview of the process and will distribute the forms.  For more information on Five Wishes, go to