Shortly after Hope Hospice admits a new patient, we ask the patient to tell us how they wish to be treated during the process. We offer them “Five Wishes.”
The “Five Wishes” present a patient with situations and options that he or she may have considered, but has not yet discussed in detail. By offering choices to a patient and receiving his or her input, we believe we are able to give our patients better and more personalized care. And by making his or her preferences known, the patient can experience “peace of mind” throughout his or her treatment.
The “Five Wishes” that Hope Hospice asks patients to share are:
- My Wish for Who I Want to Make Health Care Decisions for Me When I Can’t Make Them for Myself
- My Wish for the Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don’t Want
- My Wish for How Comfortable I Want to Be
- My Wish for How I Want People to Treat Me
- My Wish for What I Want My Loved Ones to Know
The “Five Wishes” make it possible for a Hope Hospice patient to decide whether to inform church members of his or her condition and whether he or she wishes to invite them to visit. One important patient option is “I wish to be cared for with kindness and cheerfulness, and not sadness.”
The “Five Wishes” allows a patient to determine whether he or she prefers to be buried or cremated, songs to be played at a funeral and how the patient wishes to be remembered.
When notarized, the “Five Wishes” form becomes a legal document. But more importantly, it allows the patient’s desires to be known and followed during his or her final days and hours (and even beyond death). These wishes provide guidance to family members, caregivers, hospice staff, friends, pastors and others.
By honoring a patient’s “Five Wishes,” we feel that we are able to provide a higher level of service to both the patient and the family. Hospice care is a very personal, multifaceted type of health care. The “Five Wishes” shared by each Hope Hospice patient allow us to know the patient better and deliver care that meets his or her specific preferences.
To learn more about Hope Hospice’s “Five Wishes,” please call Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800.