Information for Physician Assistants (PA): End of Life Choices California and End of Life Option Act: Session One

February 27, 1 PM. This presentation is limited to students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program and is not open to the public.

Lynne Calkins, founding member of End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA), will present this first of two sessions to students in the Physician Assistant Program on the End of Life Choices in California with emphasis on End of Life Option Act. Topics will include eligibility, changes to the law, and current trends in Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) including the expanded roles for PAs and Nurse Practitioners (NP) in some states.

Questions 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.

Hillcrest Retirement Community: End of Life Options

July 18, 2023 at 2 pm  Live Presentation.  Private for Residents of Hillcrest Retirement Community

Residents of Hillcrest retirement Community are invited to join End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) Founding Director Lynne Calkins, and Client Volunteer Thom Bettinger who will highlight services provided by this organization whose goal is to help ensure that people are able to receive the information and support they need to advocate for and experience the death they wish.

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.

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.

AccentCare Hospice San Diego: EOLCCA Refresher

End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) Refresher

This is an in-service event for AccentCare social workers, RNs, LPNs, support and administrative staffs and others.

Representatives from EOLCCA will provide the latest information on the services provided by this organization whose goal is to help ensure that people are able to receive the information and support they need to advocate for and experience the death they wish. Key topics will include recent changes to the California End of Life Option Act; legal options one has to make an informed decision at the end of life–including, but not limited to, medical aid in dying (MAiD); and seeking opportunities to collaborate with hospice on supporting those nearing the end of life to achieve the type of death they desire.

For additional information regarding the presentation, please contact Lynne Calkins at 760-632-8029.

Navigating Grief After Medical Aid in Dying: Online Bereavement Group

Losing someone we love is always painful: losing someone who has used Medical Aid in Dying is a different and special journey.

NOTE: this is the fourth in a series of four sessions. The series may be repeated–see contact info below

If you are grieving for a loved one who used medical aid in dying, or know someone who is, this private group will provide a safe, secure space to explore the special issues that medical aid in dying can bring up. In coordination with EOLCCA, this group will be facilitated by Jim Reiser, LMFT, the Bereavement Coordinator of HNC. He holds a MFT from Chapman University and BA in psychology from CSUSM. He has been doing this caring work for 11 years. To learn more about this group or to RSVP, please email LCalkins@endoflifechoicesca.org.There is no charge and all are welcome.

Navigating Grief After Medical Aid in Dying: Online Bereavement Group

Losing someone we love is always painful: losing someone who has used Medical Aid in Dying is a different and special journey.

NOTE: this is the third in a series of four sessions. The series may be repeated–see contact info below

If you are grieving for a loved one who used medical aid in dying, or know someone who is, this private group will provide a safe, secure space to explore the special issues that medical aid in dying can bring up. In coordination with EOLCCA, this group will be facilitated by Jim Reiser, LMFT, the Bereavement Coordinator of HNC. He holds a MFT from Chapman University and BA in psychology from CSUSM. He has been doing this caring work for 11 years. To learn more about this group or to RSVP, please email LCalkins@endoflifechoicesca.org.There is no charge and all are welcome.