Do you know what your grandparents’, parents’, or partner’s five wishes would be?
Do you know what your grandparents’, parents’, or partner’s five wishes would be? Do your close relatives know yours?
The five wishes is a directive drafted by a chronically ill or elderly person with regards to their healthcare or other procedures in the event of a medical crisis or death. It allows a person to prepare themselves or their loved ones for any or all eventualities.
It is a legal document which includes a healthcare proxy and a medical directive. A healthcare proxy is a power of attorney given to someone on behalf of the declarant. This enables the proxy to make medical decisions.
A healthcare directive or a living will enlists the medical treatments one is willing to undergo. This is drafted in advance to help a person decide how they should be cared for in a medical crisis, when they have no control over these decisions. These include decisions to prolong life of a brain-dead or comatose patient on life support systems.
In addition, the five wishes document can specify the kind of care a person wants such as if a person prefers to be at home or in a medical institution.
Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) is a directive that prohibits family or healthcare personnel from resuscitating the patient, usually a terminally ill person.
The five wishes is a documentation of end-of-life decisions in the event of a medical crisis or death. It is a legal declaration by an individual to be followed when the situation arises, enlisting:
A health-care proxy or someone on the behalf of the patient to take medical decisions when they are incapable of it.
The specific medical treatments that are acceptable to the patient known as a health-care directive.
The quality of life, the type of care they prefer are mentioned.
Messages to loved ones are also drafted in this document.