Tool to Help People with Advance Directives for Their End-of-Life Care Gets Increased Distribution Through Employers

Revision and national dissemination of advance directives

Staff and consultants with the Commission on Aging with Dignity, a nonprofit organization in Tallahassee, Fla., revised and disseminated the Five Wishes advance directive, which is designed to help people write down their wishes about end-of-life care and discuss them with family members and physicians.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.

Key Results

  • Project staff and consultants revised the Five Wishes advance directive document to meet the legal requirements of 33 states and the District of Columbia.

  • More than 1,400 individuals and groups requested and received more than 400,000 copies of Five Wishes for distribution.

  • About 500 hospitals, places of worship, long-term care facilities and senior centers held Five Wishes workshops to explain how to use the document.

  • Project staff and consultants updated and redesigned the Five Wishes document and developed an employer packet to assist with distribution in the workplace.

  • Project staff recruited at least 500 employers who distributed more than 500,000 copies of Five Wishes.