Oct 02, 2019
Lynne Caulkins
End of Life Choices

"End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) was started by four individuals active in the successful statewide effort to pass the legislation legalizing medical aid in dying for terminally ill Californians. The founders recognized that Californians diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness deserve comprehensive education about, and access to, all legal options concerning their end of life wishes and medical treatment. EOLCCA provides a platform for individuals to fully explore, discuss and make informed choices about  end of life options consistent with their personal values and beliefs.

 

EOLCCA is building a model statewide program, currently launched in Southern California, which provides volunteer advocates available to answer questions and provide personal support to anyone seeking to learn more about end-of-life planning. Client advocate volunteers provide guidance throughout the entire end of life process including: preparing Advance Directives, discussing unwanted medical treatment, when to consider Hospice or Palliative Care, or simply how to have conversations with loved ones or doctors about their wishes. In addition to individual patient support, EOLCCA provides informative sessions about the End of Life Option Act to organizations, retirement centers, colleges and universities, non-profits, and more.