Reliance Hospice: End of Life Options

Presentation:

March 21, 2024  2 PM   This event is for hospice personnel and is not open to the public.

The presentation will highlight California’s 2016 End of Life Option Act (EOLA)), also known as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD)—as well as subsequent changes to the law. The background, overview, and specifics of this law such as who is eligible, the process for obtaining the prescription from the patient’s physician, and ingestion guidelines will be outlined. Latest trends, ongoing barriers and issues, and opportunities for collaboration will also be discussed.

Presenter: Lynne Calkins, CRNP, member of the Board of Directors of End of Life Choices California, will introduce our organization and the free services of personal support and education provided through a dedicated team of volunteers.

Questions: Contact, Speaker@endoflifechoicesca.org

EOLCCA’s Mission

End of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.

Presentations

Topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

For more

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A, info on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  Request a speaker for your group or organization today.

Advantage Health Hospice: End of Life Options

February 24, 2024 10 AM  This event is for hospice personnel and is not open to the public.

The presentation will highlight the California’s 2016 End of Life Option Act (EOLA), also known as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD)—as well as subsequent changes to the law. The background, overview, and specifics of this law such as who is eligible, the process for obtaining the prescription from the patient’s physician, and ingestion guidelines will be outlined. Latest trends, ongoing barriers and issues, and opportunities for collaboration will also be discussed.

Presenter: Lynne Calkins, CRNP, member of the Advisory Council for End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA), will introduce our organization and the free services of personal support and education provided through a dedicated team of volunteers.

Questions: Contact, Speaker@endoflifechoicesca.org


End of Life Choices California

End of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.  Relevant topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A; information on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.

Anchor Hospice and Palliative Care


End of Life Options Act: In-Service Virtual Presentation for Staff — Private meeting

Susan Gess, PharmD, a volunteer with and member of the Advisory Council for End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA), will introduce our organization and the free services of personal support and education provided through a dedicated team of volunteers.  Her presentation will highlight the End of Life Options Act (2016), also known as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD).
The background, overview, and specifics of this law such as who is eligible, the process for obtaining the prescription from the patient’s physician, and ingestion guidelines will be outlined. 
 
For more information contact: Speaker@endoflifechoicesca.org

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End of Life Choices CaliforniaEnd of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.  Relevant topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A; information on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.

Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) as an End of Life Option

Tuesday, September 12th, 11 AM.  This is an in person presentation for Elizabeth Hospice Volunteers.

Lynne Calkins, founding director of End Of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) will present the latest updates to California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), trends in the utilization of Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD), barriers to its use, and opportunities for coordination between EOLCCA and hospice.

The presentation will cover such topics as:

  • Advance care planning – Advance care planning is a process that enables individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care planning is applicable to adults at all stages of life. 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.
  • Updates to the California End of Life Option Act – as of January 1, 2022:
    • The new bill reduces the waiting period between the required two oral requests to 48 hours
    • Healthcare systems and hospices now have to post their aid-in-dying policies on their websites.
    • The final attestation form is no longer needed.  
    • The amendment also clarifies that MAID medication can be taken within a healthcare facility.
  • Eligibility Requirements for MAID – Must be 18 years or older; Must be of sound mind and exhibit appropriate decision-making capabilities to the attending physician; Must be able to self-ingest the medication either orally or by pushing through an NG tube; and Must be diagnosed with a terminal disease, with a life expectancy of six months or less, by two physicians.

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End of Life Choices CaliforniaVisit EOLCCA’s Hospice page for more information about this important service.

Hospice is a philosophy, not a place, which provides compassionate comfort care at the end of life. The goal is to maintain or improve quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is not going to be cured, and from which there is no anticipated recovery. Each patient’s individualized care plan is designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that often accompanies terminal illness. Hospice care also offers practical support for the family during the illness and grief support after a death. For those who have an appropriate medical referral, the cost of hospice care is usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid or a third party insurance.

End of Life Choices California provides Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.

To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.

Delta Health Hospice

Tuesday, August 22, 2003, 10 AM. This Zoom presentation is for the medical and social work staff of Delta Health Hospice.

Founding Director Lynne Calkins, End of Life California (EOLCCA), will review with medical and social work staff the requirements and processes of Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD), to include suggested helpful language to assist clients in understanding their options and exploring their values.  In addition,  the extensive information and support EOLCCA can provide to their clients will be reviewed.

For more information contact: Lynne Calkins, LCalkins@endoflifechoicesca.org


End of Life Choices CaliforniaEnd of Life Choices California’s mission is to provide Californians the information and support to successfully navigate their legal end-of-life options.  Relevant topics include Advance Care Planning; the California End of Life Option Act (EOLA); eligibility requirements for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD); and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)–a legal option in all 50 states. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable about both hospice and palliative care and can explain the differences between the two services.

Be sure to check our Resources page for Q/A; information on books, films, and organizations; sign up for our blog; see upcoming events; and so much more.  To request a speaker for your group or organization, click here.