COVID-19

Conversations around serious illness and medical treatment options can be uncomfortable for patients and healthcare providers alike. However, not knowing what a patient wants can create an even more uncomfortable situation, as family members may anguish over decision-making during a medical emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic makes the threat of becoming seriously ill very quickly frighteningly real — and the need to engage in thoughtful conversations about goals of care beyond urgent.

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is the respected voice for advance care planning and palliative care in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in creating a range of resources and educational materials to support healthcare providers and consumers. We’ve gathered together some of our best resources, as well as those of other respected leaders, in this COVID-19 Toolkit to provide easy access and support for healthcare providers and consumers as they navigate decision-making during these these challenging times. We will be regularly updating this resource as additional materials are developed or identified.


CONVERSATION TOOLS

Tools and resources to help start a conversation about care during serious illness, as well as unbiased guides to possible treatment options.

Consumers/Families

Healthcare Providers

  • Decision Aids | CCCC’s decision aids explain the complex topics of life-sustaining treatments using consumer-friendly language with neutral, evidence-based information. Topics include Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Ventilator, Artificial Hydration, and Tube Feeding. Available in multiple languages.

COVID-19-Specific


ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FORM

A California Advance Health Care Directive, also known as an advance directive, is a form that allows you to name someone you trust to make medical decisions for you in an emergency, and have a say in how you want to be cared for if you can’t speak for yourself. It can come in a variety of formats.


ADVANCE DIRECTIVE TOOLS & RESOURCES

Consumers/Families

Healthcare Providers


CALIFORNIA POLST FORM

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is for people who are seriously ill or have advanced frailty. It is not appropriate for everyone. If you are healthy, an advance directive may be more appropriate.

POLST RESOURCES

Consumers/Families

Healthcare Providers