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1 Helping you and your family plan for and receive the care you want and deserve

2 Practical steps to make your wishes known and honored How to be there for your loved ones when needed the most Follow-up steps for communicating your wishes to others Additional resources and support This Presentation Will Cover: (click to preview)

3 National, non-profit organization founded in 1996 Inspired by work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Helps people plan for and receive the care they want in case of serious illness Grown to serve eighteen million Americans by creating and distributing Five Wishes (click to preview)

4 To die at home To be free from pain To be in the company of loved ones To retain control of the care we receive What People Want: (click to preview)

5 Less than 25 percent of Americans die at home, although more than 70 percent say that is their wish (Harvard Public Opinion Poll, 1999) Dying is often unnecessarily painful and isolating (SUPPORT Study, JAMA, 1995) Only 15 to 20 percent of the population has completed an advance directive (Archives of Internal Medicine study, July 2002) The Contrast of Reality (click to preview)

6 The end of life is often treated only as a medical moment. People often don’t receive the care they want – almost everyone has a “horror story” of a loved one dying in pain or isolation that could have been avoided. Feelings of helplessness and fear lead to the appeal of assisted suicide as a “solution.” Reasons for this Stark Reality (click to preview)

7 Simple format, written in everyday language Promotes peace of mind, helps avoid guessing and guilt Get the care you want and deserve Meets legal requirements in 42 states, but helpful in all 50 as a Solution (click to preview)

8 First living will to address personal, emotional and spiritual needs, along with medical wishes Created with help of American Bar Association and health care experts Distributed by Aging with Dignity and a network of 35,000 organizations 18 Million distributed to date (click to preview)

9 People don’t want to be an object on a medical care “conveyor belt” Sometimes medicine doesn’t know when to stop Five Wishes helps you to communicate what you want – or don’t want Guides discussions with your loved ones and physician. A Tool to Promote Human Dignity (click to preview)

10 Recognized Nationally (click to preview)

11 Meets Legal Requirements In 42 States and Washington, D.C.* *a complete listing can be found inside your (click to preview)

12 If you don’t live in a state Five Wishes does not meet current technical requirements in 8 states. Laws in these states require mandatory and often complicated forms. Residents may still find it helpful to complete Five Wishes as an attachment. Many people in these states say Five Wishes expresses their intentions in detail and provides a helpful guide for caregivers. (click to preview)

13 1.Which person you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them yourself 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 5.What you want your loved ones to know addresses: (click to preview)

14 Known in legal terms as durable power of attorney for health care Allows you to name a person to act on your behalf Offers suggestions for choosing the right person and naming alternate choices The person you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t (click to preview)

15 Part commonly known as a “living will” Expresses instructions for your caregiver, such as the need to take medicine for pain, even if it leaves you sleepy Includes examples of life support Gives space to write instructions based on personal beliefs The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want (click to preview)

16 Medical staff may look for a “DNR” form or bracelet during emergency situations. The form shows that you don’t want life support treatment when you are dying Many states require the form to be filled out and signed by a doctor Check with your doctor for more information is not a Do Not Resuscitate Order (click to preview)

17 Stresses that you want your pain managed Expresses your choices for types of comfort care You cross out or keep items based on your preferences How comfortable you want to be (click to preview)

18 What others should keep in mind if you become seriously ill Whether you want to have people around or your hand held when possible If you want prayers said for you Ideas for your surroundings, such as pictures of loved ones How you want people to treat you (click to preview)

19 Encourages you to express matters of deep importance in an age where families often live apart Allows you to offer love and forgiveness to those who have hurt you Asks forgiveness for times you have hurt others Communicates practical matters such as preferences for memorial or burial What you want your loved ones to know (click to preview)

20 Print your name Read the statement carefully Ask two witnesses to be present (see witness statement) Sign Five Wishes in front of witnesses Witnesses don’t have to read your wishes Signing (click to preview)

21 Make copies of your completed Five Wishes for your family, friends, Health Care Agent and doctor Discuss your wishes Keep it available (in your top drawer, not your safe deposit box) Carry your wallet card After Completing (click to preview)

22 Five Wishes Video, designed to help present Five Wishes to groups or families Next Steps Guide, a companion booklet to Five Wishes, with conversation starters, commonly asked questions and answers, etc. Now available in Spanish (Siguientes Pasos) Bilingual Five Wishes: Now available in 25 different languages: Albanian Arabic Bengali Chinese Traditional Chinese Simplified Croatian French Gujarati German Haitian Creole Hebrew Hindi Hmong Ilocano Italian Japanese Korean Polish Portuguese Russian Somali Spanish Tagalog Urdu Vietnamese Additional Resources (click to preview)

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