There are many things in life that are out of our hands. This Five Wishes booklet gives you a way to control something very important—how you are treated if you get seriously ill. It is 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. This document is very 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.
My wish for:
1) The person I want to make care decision for me when I can’t
2) The kind of medical treatment I want or don’t want
3) How comfortable I want to be
4) How I want people to treat me
5) What I want my loved ones to know
How Can I Obtain a Copy?
At Berkley Hospice, we believe that it is important to have an understanding of the choices available regarding end-of-life care and of the benefits derived from communicating these choices. We are committed to providing education within our community regarding Advance Directives.