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Five Wishes is an advance directive covering medical issues, spiritual issues, personal issues, and legal issues in one document. The issues are called wishes. This advance directive was built because traditional advance directives left out a lot of concerns.
What Makes Up A Five Wishes Advance Directive
There are a lot of end-of-life issues. This document tries to address most of them. In other words, the AMD addresses the big issues that most of us want to address in the last days of our lives.
Purpose Of Five Wishes
A privately created expanded type of AMD taking into consideration many of the wishes dying patients have. The 5 Wishes AMD addresses more than medical treatment issues. It also addresses quality of life, emotional issues and religious beliefs. Five Wishes also helps to guide and structure discussions with the patient’s family and physician, making conversations easier.
However, the standard document (and early iterations) does not address CPR.
The standard document falls within the legal requirements of most states (42 according to the 5 Wishes website). However, the document is easy to conform to the legal requirements of the remaining states.
Physician certification: two physicians determine the patient lacks the capacity to communicate or make decisions.
Signatures: maker (patient) and two witnesses, adults (over 18), non-family members, nonmedical professionals, and not financially involved with the patient.
A competent maker (patient) can revoke or modify at any time.
Other Resources On Five Wishes
Check out their website here.
Also, see our section on advance directives here.