End of Life Choices California
supports you and your family when
what really matters is having the power
to choose your own best outcome.
Californians have improved end-of-life options since 2015.
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
News & Updates
Last Flight Home
“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.
Medicare wants you to talk to your doctor
You may not be thrilled to have “aged into” Medicare, but there’s a silver lining! Medicare offers significant support for communicating about your healthcare wishes and managing your end-of-life options. Medicare also covers the cost of health services meant to improve quality of life when a cure is no longer possible: hospice care during the last six months of a terminal illness, and palliative care, to help manage a serious or terminal illness with a longer term prognosis. As important – and not well used – is the fact that Medicare covers advance care planning discussions with your physician as part of your annual wellness check.
Our First Line Phone Volunteers
Lynne Calkins remembers one call from a man whose terminally-ill father wanted to die – beginning a story that led to a movie. Last Flight Home, an acclaimed documentary released last fall, was described in one review as “boundlessly humane.” It’s a phrase that...
What MAiD Is, and What It Isn’t
Illness, dying and death can be troubling and fearful subjects. Not the kind of thing you bring up at brunch or over an after work beer. In a way that is too bad, these are things that happen to everyone, and by avoiding them, we give away much of our own power when...
Client Advocate Volunteer Program
End of Life Choices California has developed Client Advocate Volunteers to serve as advocates for Californians who are seriously or terminally ill. These volunteers provide general and specific information along with personal support to people who are facing end of life planning and decision making.
Schedule a Talk
We would love to come to your organization and speak to your group:
- Senior care and retirement centers
- Colleges and universities
- Non-profits and service organizations
- Volunteer groups
- Houses of Worship and more
We Can't Do This Without You.
Your early contribution will immediately enable EOLCCA to widely publicize our services. We can then 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.
How to Reach Us
Our mailing address:
End of Life Choices California
153 S Sierra Ave #30
Solana Beach CA 92075