Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will with more than 23 million copies in circulation.
Five Wishes helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps structure discussions with your family and physician.
All Five Wishes documents are legally valid in most states. Some states either require a specific state form or that the person completing an advance directive be given a mandatory notice. Residents of these states can still use Five Wishes to put their wishes in writing and communicate their wishes with their family and physician. Most health care professionals understand they have a duty to listen to the wishes of their patients no matter how they are expressed.
Cinco Deseos is an easy-to-use legal document that lets Spanish-speaking adults plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. Like Five Wishes, it is written in everyday language and speaks to all a person’s concerns: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Cinco Deseos also helps structure discussions with your family and physician.
These 20-page documents provide the original English text alongside the translated text, allowing a non-English-speaking user to read and complete the document in his or her native language. Bilingual Five Wishes are legally valid in 42 states when completed, signed and properly witnessed.
Five Wishes was introduced and originally distributed with support from a generous grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. A subsequent grant from the United Health Foundation made it possible to provide Five Wishes in 27 bilingual editions.