EOLCCA inaugurated its first Client Advocate Volunteer Training program on June 2, 2019 in Tarzana, CA. We spent a fact-filled day training four wonderful volunteers from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, sharing information and reviewing best practices we expect from all EOLCCA Client Advocate Volunteers.
Pictured above (r-l) are Stefanie Elkins, Judy Schnack, Karen Morin Green, Jill Schock, Lynne Zamarin, Judy Epstein, Lynne Calkins and Claudia Comins
We discussed the caring approach each volunteer will adopt in providing non-judgemental support to a terminally-ill client, and their loved ones, as they navigate the process of exploring all legal end of life options available to them in California, including medical aid in dying, allowed by the End of Life Option Act. During that stage, the client and/or family may seek our experience and support as they interact with a new and unfamiliar array of healthcare providers, or to effectively communicate to family and their physicians the decisions they have made consistent with their personal values, beliefs, and desires.
We also reviewed the importance of Advance Care Planning (ACP), so that our volunteers can be of assistance to individuals who wish to learn more about preparing Advance Directives, well before they are facing a terminal or debilitating illness. ACP is a vital resource that enables individuals to document now their future healthcare expectations, so that if the person becomes unable to communicate their healthcare wishes, their loved ones and healthcare providers are clearly informed. ACP is, in fact, a useful tool for adults at all stages of life, young and not-so-young! Participation in advance care planning has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety for patients and their families, and lead to improvements in end of life care.
Please browse our website for comprehensive information about all end of life options in California, Advance Care Planning, and to learn more about the resources, services and support EOLCCA provides at no charge.
I live in San Diego. Is there anything like this down here? Good job and I am also interested in being involved!
Thanks for getting in touch. Please check out our website and click on “What We Do” to find out more about our program and services and ways you can volunteer.
Thanks for your interest!
When will training begin for those of us in Northern California (North Bay Area)?
I’ve already trained in SoCal for Compassion and Choices. And I prefer to join your team.
Carolyn @ 626.695.9630
We have not set a date, but will do so soon! We are so pleased you are interested. Please stay tuned.
I am SO waiting until I can be actively involved again.
Am I correct in assuming I have to be “trained” again?
Great to hear from you Deb. Thank you for sending in your volunteer application. We will be sure to notify you of the next training in Southern California. It will be scheduled for sometime in the fall,and we will be sure to let you know.
hope I will get notified of the next training for San Diego, too
Yes, you certainly will be. Thank you for your interest!