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Focusing on What Matters Most

A conversation. Someone’s peace of mind. The assurance that when it matters most, your wishes about what matters most will be known.

Advance care planning is for everyone – grandparents celebrating their 80th birthdays; new parents holding their newborn son; people living with illness; employees setting up benefits to take care of their families.

So, what is Advance Care Planning? It's discussing and documenting our wishes and preferences for the kind of care and treatment we want or do not want in advance, so that if we are unable to communicate our choices, what we want is understood. Five Wishes takes the guessing out of caring. It is a comprehensive program that helps guide you, your loved ones, your trusted advisors, and your healthcare team through conversations before a health crisis. More people have used the Five Wishes document for their living will or advance directive than any other document.

Five Wishes allows you to express:

  • The person you trust to make decisions for you
  • What types of medical treatment you would want – or not want
  • What is most important for your comfort and dignity
  • What important spiritual or faith traditions should be remembered
  • What you want your loved ones and healthcare providers to know about you

Preview a Sample of Five WIshes

Though we don’t like to think about it, a change in health or an accident can happen to any of us. That’s why it’s important for all of us, regardless of age or health, to have a plan that documents our health care wishes in case we become unable to make important treatment decisions, or communicate choices.

Five Wishes is changing the way we talk about advance care planning by focusing on what matters most to you. We offer Five Wishes resources to individuals and families, and customized programs for healthcare providers, faith communities, attorneys, financial advisors, and any business or employer.

  • Used by more than 30 million families and 40,000 organizations
  • Bilingual EditionsAvailable in 29 languages and in Braille
  • Download NowA free guide on how to talk with a loved one about their healthcare choices.
  • Sample Five WishesSee a sample of Five Wishes.

Five Wishes is the beginning of a conversation.

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