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Who Uses Five Wishes? free handout for presentations, meetings, employer benefit fairs, etc.

Sample company e-mail message:

[COMPANY NAME] is pleased to announce a new benefit for employees and their families: the Five Wishes living will. Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document that helps you and those close to you plan the kind of care you want to receive if you ever become seriously ill and cannot speak for yourself.

[COMPANY NAME] made the decision to provide you the Five Wishes document because we understand planning for the future involves more than pension benefits or life and health insurance. We realize many of you are facing important decisions about medical care, especially with aging or ill family members, and that is why we wanted to make Five Wishes available to you.

The document is designed to help you and your family discuss, decide and describe the kind of care and support you wish in the event of serious illness.

You will be receiving a copy of Five Wishes [DESCRIBE DISTRIBUTION METHOD, POLICY FOR EXTRA COPIES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND TIMETABLE HERE].

We are proud to be at the forefront of the movement to bring advance care planning to the workplace, and we hope that you find this service useful now and in the years ahead.

Sample company newsletter article:

[COMPANY NAME] is pleased to announce a new benefit for employees and their families: the Five Wishes living will. Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document that helps you and those close to you plan the kind of care you want to receive if you ever become seriously ill and cannot speak for yourself.

[COMPANY NAME] made the decision to provide you the Five Wishes document because we understand planning for the future involves more than pension benefits or life and health insurance. Many families in America are facing important decisions about medical care, especially with aging or ill family members, and that is why we wanted to make Five Wishes available to you. This document is designed to help you and your family discuss, decide and describe the kind of care and support you wish in the event of serious illness.

“As a company, we are committed to respecting our employees’ family responsibilities – not just their job responsibilities. We are proud to offer this benefit so their family members can receive the kind of treatment they want, and our employees can plan their own health care, said [NAME OF COMPANY OFFICIAL, TITLE].

Health experts say that without a legal document like Five Wishes, a person who is too sick to speak may have no control over important medical decisions about life support or pain treatment. Family members, friends and doctors may be in the difficult position of guessing – or even disagreeing about – what treatment that person would want. People who have used Five Wishes say the document gives them the peace of mind that comes from avoiding this kind of uncertainty and ensuring that the wishes of their family members are known and respected.

[COMPANY NAME]’s benefits department will be distributing Five Wishes [DESCRIBE DISTRIBUTION METHOD, TIMING, ANY RESOURCES BEING OFFERED FOR USING Five Wishes AND WEB ADDRESS TO VIEW SAMPLE DOCUMENT. EXPLAIN POLICY FOR EXTRA COPIES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND/OR HOW TO ORDER MORE COPIES DIRECTLY FROM Five Wishes].

Points to make in promoting employee education (i.e., “lunch-and-learn”) sessions for Five Wishes:

At the session you’ll learn:

  • How to be a good caregiver for your elderly parents when they need you most.
  • How planning in advance of a serious illness helps you to be a good son or daughter for your aging parents and grandparents.
  • How family conflict and guilty feelings can be avoided if important health care decisions are made in advance.
  • How Five Wishes helps start often difficult but necessary family discussions and how it’s easy to understand and use.
  • How those who complete Five Wishes gain peace of mind in knowing their wishes will be known and respected. There’s no more guessing about what Mom or Dad “would have wanted.”
  • How Five Wishes helps improve communication among patients, families and health care providers – everyone’s on the same page.
  • Why everyone over age 18 should have a completed advance directive.

Everything you need to get started will be distributed at the session.


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