A GOOD CAUSE FOR GOOD CARE
WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOSE OUR DIGNITY AND FREEDOM AS WE GET OLD
A Good Cause for Good Care: A new vocational service project to assist Rotarians in discussing and documenting their health care wishes
We, as a fellowship, strongly believe that each person is entitled to respect and dignity throughout life, and particularly at the end of life. That dignity is best supported when the person’s medical wishes are known and written down. Rotarian doctors can take the lead in their communities and encourage others to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their family and complete an advance directive.
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How the program works
The goal is to have at least one physician from each of Rotary International’s clubs – more than 35,000 of them – present a brief program on the importance of letting family, friends and medical providers know a person’s health care wishes. Educational, presentation and promotional products are ready to go and can even be customized to assist in these presentations.
Interested Rotarians will also be able to access Five Wishes®, an easy to understand and use document that addresses medical and legal concerns, but also important personal, family, emotional and spiritual needs. Created by the American national non-profit organization Aging with Dignity, Five Wishes has been reviewed by multiple health experts and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. More than 25 million are in circulation worldwide. It is distributed by more than 40,000 partner organizations worldwide.
The Fellowship has chosen to collaborate with them for this vocational project. It will communicate effectively across the Rotary world.