When Goals of Care are not enough

UCLA program provides advance care planning and hospice to Santa Monica homeless community The scenario below, based on a real-life case, is only an example of the challenges that face healthcare practitioners as they approach Goals of Care discussions and completion of advance directives with their homeless patients. Knowing what our patients want and getting […]


How do you track health care preferences for the homeless?

UCLA Medical Center pilots strategies for having end-of-life conversations with homeless community in Santa Monica He wanted no part of anything we could offer. His long, unkempt gray hair and rough beard made him look much older than his stated age, in the mid-50s. Within arm’s reach were plastic bags which held all of his […]