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 […]


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 […]


Media training educates ethnic journalists on palliative and end-of-life care

By Liz Salmi, Director of Communications Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Research conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) shows attitudes and experiences¬†surrounding the end of life, when broken down by race and ethnicity, vary widely. For the second year in a row the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and CHCF teamed […]