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Five Wishes

Authors: Aging with Dignity


Five Wishes is a booklet to let your family and doctors know about end-of-life care. Five Wishes was introduced in 1997 by Aging with Dignity organization. It was originally distributed with support from a grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. With assistance from the United Health Foundation, Five Wishes is now available in 26 languages.

Five Wishes is available in 26 languages and in Braille to address the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse nation. Like the English version, translated versions of Five Wishes are written in easy-to-understand language. Each foreign language copy of Five Wishes carries a side-by-side English translation for medical providers and others who speak only English.

Click on the "Web Links" tab above to learn how to purchase a print copy or a downloadable copy. The book is organized according to these five wishes:

Wish 1: The Person I Want To Make 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.

Though not written specifically for people with disabilities, this book could be used by staff to assist the persons they work with and/or family and friends.

Information taken from:http://www.agingwithdignity.org/five-wishes.php, and http://www.agingwithdignity.org/translated-five-wishes.php

Contact Info:
Organization:Aging with Dignity
Address:P.O. Box 1661
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1661
Phone:(850) 681-2010; TOLL FREE: (888) 5WISHES (594-7437)
Fax:(850) 681-2481

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