POLST registry logical next step to ensure end-of-life wishes are honored

In 2008, California passed a key bill in the state’s history on healthcare decisions and life-sustaining treatment. Assembly Bill 3000 established Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into law and gave patients a voice in deciding whether or not they want life-sustaining treatments when they are seriously-ill or approaching the end of life. Now, […]


Be part of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s #GivingTuesday campaign

Join with CCCC and be part of an International Day of Giving Back First comes Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, not to mention Cyber Monday. Now we have #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014. #GivingTuesday reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season is about community and that the most meaningful gift we can give […]


Briefing: Exploring the need for a POLST registry in California

Join the California HealthCare Foundation, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and others, to explore the potential benefits of creating an online POLST registry, share results from Oregon’s successful POLST registry implementation, and discuss findings of a recent assessment that identified factors related to establishing a POLST registry in California. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 […]


Ethnographic study: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life

New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more, and download the report. Health care providers who work with patients toward the end of life are sometimes surprised by the ways patients and […]


Palliative Care & EOL Headlines, November 7, 2014

New ethnographic study released: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more and download. Briefing: Exploring the need for a […]


How to launch a palliative care task force in your city or county: free webinar on December 10, 2014

Have you ever wondered how you can start a palliative care task force by working with your local government? Don’t reinvent the wheel—tune in to our FREE webinar on December 10, 2014, and learn how the San Francisco Palliative Care Task Force launched an initiative to meet the city’s current and future palliative care needs. […]


National Cat Day: Oscar, the palliative care cat

In honor of National Cat Day, we pay tribute to extraordinary felines providing a special kind of care. Over the past few years cats have been making headlines about how they can provide comfort to patients and families dealing with critical illnesses or nearing the end of life. While not professionally trained, one could say these […]


It’s time to start talking

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director @JudyThomasJD It’s time we all started talking about our wishes for end-of-life care. However, not everyone is as comfortable talking about death and dying as Joan Rivers was. We know how Joan Rivers felt because she talked about the importance of discussing these issues in a public service announcement. As […]


Art inspires social change around aging

The Seniority explains the importance of ‘aging in place’ By Vicki Nelson, Executive Director Compassionate Care Alliance A recent reading of The Seniority in Big Sur left audience members invigorated about aging. Aging is not a topic typically embraced with much excitement, but by the end of the theatrical presentation the California coastal community of […]