End of Life Planning with your Doctor.
Introducting the POLST:
The Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) became a recognized document in the State of California in 2008. Since then, the Coalition for Compassionate Care, of which CALA is one of many participants, has been working to educate doctors, nurses, patients, and other health care professionals about the use of POLST. This document is designed to lay out what treatments a patient does and does not want in the event they are unable to express these wishes themselves. The document is a signed doctor’s order, and follows the patient through whichever care settings he/she encounters.
Support for Families:
The Coalition for Compassionate Care is a statewide partnership of more than 95 regional and statewide organizations promoting high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care for all Californians. In 2008 the coalition worked to pass AB 3000 (POLST) recognizing the use of the Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment in the state of California. They are working on the statewide distribution and use of POLST in the field, and have additional resources for Advanced Health Care planning.
For more information on end of life care, hopsice and palliative care in California, we encourage you to reach out to CHAPCA. The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association works to promotes and strengthen the delivery of hospice care for terminally ill patients and their families through education and advocacy, according to their website.
Not all assisted living homes can take folks on hospice, they must have a waiver from Community Care Liscensing like Sunshine Care Homes has in place. Be sure to ask when you are touring sites, as this may become an important issue in the future care of your loved one.
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