"I was faced with the decision whether to end life support for my mother and it was so very helpful to know what she wanted. The Five Wishes® document that she completed and gave to me clearly explained her wishes. While it was an emotional decision and not an easy one I was comforted to know that I was carrying out her wishes. Make sure you have an advance directive to guide your loved ones should they be faced with a similar decision."
-Lisa G., Jacksonville, FL
An Advance Directive is a document that details your medical treatment preferences and the designation of a surrogate decision maker in the event that you should become unable to make medical decisions on your own behalf.
As an organization, Haven Hospice has used the advance directive tool known as
Five Wishes® which has been developed and published by Aging with Dignity and has distributed more than 20,000 copies.
The Five Wishes are:
- Who will make health care decisions for you when you can’t.
- The kind of medical treatment you want or do not want.
- What you want done for your physical comfort.
- What you want done for your emotional and spiritual comfort.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
Five Wishes is easy to understand and complete - respected by doctors, lawyers, hospitals, faith communities, employers, retiree groups and hospices - and recognized in 42 states. If your circumstances change, or you change your mind, you can create a new advance directive at any time. Your advance directive gives you the opportunity to make you own choices about the kinds of care you receive, and your Five Wishes are yours to keep or to change, as you wish.
Haven Hospice provides this booklet free of charge to encourage everyone to make their heathcare wishes known. Five Wishes brochures are available in English or Spanish. Get your free copy here.