Robert V. Brody, MD, President of EOLCCA’s Board of Directors will discuss all legal end of life options with emphasis on California’s End of Life Option Act (2016), also referred to as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD). The presentation will include MAiD eligibility, updates to the law, and the patient process for obtaining the prescription from a physician and related issues.
When: Mon. 1–2 pm, Feb. 26, 2024
Welcome to End of Life Choices California
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, support, and guidance for individuals and families navigating end-of-life decisions. Founded on the principle that everyone deserves access to compassionate guidance and comprehensive information, we are committed to empowering Californians to understand and explore all their end-of-life options. Learn more about Who We Are
At End of Life Choices California, our work is driven by the belief that informed choices lead to dignified and peaceful end-of-life experiences. Our team of dedicated volunteers offers confidential consultations, educational programs, and resources designed to support individuals in making decisions that align with their values and wishes. From advance care planning to understanding the nuances of the California End-of-Life Option Act, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Learn more about What We Do.
By bridging the gap between knowledge and action, we strive to create a community where conversations about death and dying are normalized, and where individuals feel supported in making end-of-life choices that reflect their desires and dignity. Join us in our mission to advocate for compassionate end-of-life care options and to foster a culture of respect and understanding around the choices we all may face.
Californians have improved end-of-life choices since 2016
The End of Life Option Act is a California law that permits terminally ill adult patients with capacity to make medical decisions to be prescribed an aid-in-dying medication if certain conditions are met. Signed into law by Governor Brown in October 2015, the law went into effect on June 9, 2016. California was the fifth state to enact an aid-in-dying law. ABOUT THE LAW
“It was like light from a lighthouse,” says David Timoner of the call he got from End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) when he and his family were facing the toughest time of their lives.
David’s 92-year-old father Eli was in the hospital. He had reached a point at which advanced COPD, CHF, and other health issues had become intractable and meant he would have to transfer to a care facility. But Eli knew he wanted to die at home surrounded by those he loved, and he asked about medical aid in dying. His family understood and supported his decision but didn’t know where to turn for help. Vaguely aware of a California law, they still had no idea what to do next.
As part of our ongoing effort to educate the public and health care providers about the law, we have created a short video designed to reach a broad audience. I am delighted to share it with you here. Please take 3 minutes to learn about the positive impact we have on peoples’ lives.
I invite you to share it with your own networks so more people can be aware of this law and how to reach us.
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At End of Life Choices California, we believe in empowering you with comprehensive knowledge about your end-of-life options. This journey involves understanding not only the medical interventions available, such as hospice and palliative care, but also exploring the emotional and spiritual support systems that can accompany these choices. Our guidance covers the spectrum from aggressive treatment to comfort care, including the ethical considerations and personal reflections that each option entails. Let us assist you in navigating these choices to ensure your end-of-life journey is in accordance with your values and wishes, providing you and your loved ones with peace and dignity. Learn more about your options.
Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is a gift of clarity you give to yourself and those you love. It’s about aligning your healthcare with your values, beliefs, and preferences should you become unable to communicate them in the future. Our resources and support guide you through creating an Advance Healthcare Directive, appointing a healthcare agent, and discussing your wishes with your family and healthcare providers. We emphasize the importance of these conversations and the documentation of your wishes to ensure they are honored. Through our workshops, one-on-one consultations, and comprehensive guides, we aim to simplify this process, making it accessible and understandable for everyone. Learn more about Advance Care Planning.
End-of-Life Option Act
The California End-of-Life Option Act represents a significant milestone in healthcare autonomy, allowing eligible terminally ill adults to make decisions about medical aid in dying. Our aim is to demystify the process, criteria, and legal considerations of this option, providing clear, compassionate guidance. We cover everything from the initial conversation with healthcare providers to the detailed documentation required, ensuring individuals are fully informed and supported every step of the way. Our resources also explore the ethical, emotional, and social aspects of the Act, offering a holistic view of how it fits into the broader spectrum of end-of-life care options. By informing and supporting individuals and families through this complex process, we uphold our commitment to dignity, choice, and compassionate care at life’s end. Learn more about the law.
Client Volunteer Program
EOLCCA Client Volunteers provide information, support, resources, and guidance on end-of-life options to anyone, including family members, seeking help navigating a serious or terminal illness. Our volunteers can also answer any questions specifically about medical aid in dying under California’s End of Life Option Act.
Request a Speaker
Our volunteers would love to speak to your group by visiting your organization or presenting via ZOOM.
- All legal end-of-life options
- The California End of Life Option Act
- Advance Care Planning
- Communicating your wishes with your doctor and family
- Case Studies
- We are also happy to tailor our presentation to cover specific information. Just ask!
We Can't Do This Without You.
Your support enables EOLCCA to publicize our services and provide educational and training programs throughout the state. Your gift also enables our volunteers to provide timely support to individuals from all walks of life who currently face a chronic or terminal diagnosis and seek to understand what end of life options are available to them. Thank you!