Next Steps

Aging with dignity in Delaware

  • The majority of Americans and Delawareans want their deaths, when they happen, to take place in their own homes surrounded by family and friends.

 

  • Unfortunatly, most of us are likely to to die in a hospital or nursing home, while being cared for by strangers. 

 

  • Sadly, people with advanced age or serious illness have come to fear losing their dignity or burdening their families more than they fear death. 

 

  • Therefore, IT IS IMPORTANT to:
    • Safegaurd the rights of the sick, aging, or dying
    • Show the same enthusiam toward them as we do the young and healthy
    • Raise awareness about program resources available to help with this as wellas assure that our wishes and those of our loved ones will be learned andrespected

 

Five Wishes

Five wishes is a living will that gives you a way to control something very important: How you are treated if you become seriously ill.


OVER 8,000,000 AMERICANS HAVE ALREADY USED "FIVE WISHES" BECAUSE: 

  • It is an easy to complete form that lets you state exactly what you want
  • It addresses personal, emotional, and spiritual needs as well as medical issues
  • It facilitates conversation between you and: 
    • Your family
    • Your friends
    • Your doctor and/or health care team
  • Your family members will not have to assume what you want
  • It protects your family if you become seriously ill because it illiminates the occurance of making those hard choices without knowing your wishes
  • It also aids in the awareness of what your own loved ones want when their time comes
  • It is for anyone 18 years of age or older:
    • Married
    • Single
    • Parents
    • Adult children
    • Friends
    • Etc.

How Next Steps Can Help

Next Steps is a program that helps people to use the Five Wishes, and contains information that every person who files out Five Wishes ought to have.

 

Next Steps includes four sections:

  • How to talk with loved ones about Five Wishes
  • How to talk with doctors about Five Wishes
  • How to be by the bedside 
  • Answers to questions about Five Wishes

 

Next Steps is now a program service from the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families.

  • It is available to groups at churches, synagogues, mosques, community-based organizations, etc.
  • It is especially appropriate for caregivers of aging or ill family and friends.
  • DECCF provides a trainer, the program, and copies of Five Wishes

 

CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE A PROGRAM.

Contact Us

Address:

Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
240 N James St
Suite 111
Wilmington, DE 19804

 

Phone: 302 2251040

Toll Free: 855 6132110

Fax: 302 2251041

Email: info@deccf.org/deccf@aol.com


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Donations

Please help us continue our program services to Delaware children, elderly and families:

  • Please select agency 9374 on your United Way contribution.
  • Delaware State employees can support us through the State Employees Charitable Campaign (SECC).
  • You can also help by sending a donation directly to DECCF, 240 N. James Street, Suite 111, Wilmington, DE 19804. All gifts are tax deductible

Volunteer

Do you want to get involved?

  • Can you give someone a ride to the doctor's office?
  • Can you take someone along with you when you go to the store?
  • Visit a lonely person once a week?
  • Call someone on the phone so they don't feel alone?

Call the Faith in Action coordination in your area or

VISIT OUR VOLUNTEER PAGE FOR THE VOLUNTEER FORM,

TO BE RETURNED TO OUR CONTACT ADDRESS BELOW.

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