You may be wondering what Five Wishes is? It’s an easy to complete form that lets you say exactly what you want to happen if you were to become seriously ill. Once it is filled out and properly signed it is a valid document under the laws of most states.
Let’s go over a few key factors in completing your Five Wishes document.
First, how can Five Wishes help you and your family?
Five Wishes can help you and your family tremendously if you were to become seriously ill. Your family members will not have to guess what you want. It protects them because they won’t have to make hard choices without knowing your wishes.
Second, you may be asking yourself, “Who should use Five Wishes?”
Five Wishes is for anyone 18 years of age or older—married, single, parents, adult children, and friends. More than 19 million people of all ages have already used it. Because it works so well, lawyers, doctors, hospitals, hospices, faith communities, employers, and retiree groups are handing out these documents.
Last, how do I change to Five Wishes?
You may already have a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care. If you want to use Five Wishes instead, all you have to do is fill out completely and sign it. As soon as you sign it, it takes away any advance directive you had before.
There are many things in life that are out of our hands. The Five Wishes documents give you a way to control something very important—how you are treated if you get seriously ill. Give not only yourself, but also your family peace of mind and start your Five Wishes today!
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