Free Haitian Creole Heath Care Document Available for Relief Efforts
In partnership with the American Hospital Association we are happy to provide free copies of Five Wishes in Haitian Creole to help both health care providers as well as patients affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
While supplies last, bilingual Five Wishes in Haitian Creole are available free to hospitals, health care professionals, relief and community organizations that are assisting survivors of the disaster. American hospitals, especially those in our home state of Florida, have been encouraged to prepare for this challenge.
Haitian Creole Five Wishes
- The document is in bilingual format, with English on one side and Haitian Creole on the other side. That allows a patient to indicate care preferences that can be easily understood by English speaking providers.
- Those working or volunteering as Haitian Creole translators can use the bilingual Five Wishes as a discussion guide, using the words and phrasing as a conversation starter with Creole-speaking patients. Many translators offering their skills may have little experience with health care decisions, and the bilingual Five Wishes would be very helpful.
- Five Wishes is a legally valid advance directive in most states, and a useful discussion tool everywhere.
- Patients can fill out all or parts of Five Wishes. It can be used to designate a health care agent or just to indicate care preferences (what makes them comfortable, cultural expectations for care, etc.).
Help us get these resources into the hands of people who can benefit the most. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how your organization is assisting victims of the recent devastation in Haiti, and how many copies of Haitian Creole Five Wishes you think you can use.