Supportive Care Coalition

Formed in 1994 as Supportive Care of the Dying by six visionary Catholic health care organizations, Supportive Care Coalition: Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care, has grown to 23 member organizations with health care facilities nationwide. In 2006, the name was changed to better reflect Coalition palliative care activities that address the continuum of living with life-limiting illness from time of diagnosis to end of life. The coalition is dedicated to promoting cultural change that embraces ... Read More

Sutter Care at Home

Formerly Sutter VNA & Hospice and before that Home Hospice of Sonoma County & the oldest hospice in Sonoma County. Sutter Care at Home extends the continuum of health care from hospitals and doctors' offices directly into patients' homes, where they receive medical attention, education, and compassionate care needed to recover or live with illness to the fullest extent possible. There focus is to keep families together during a stressful time, and we care for the whole family with social services ... Read More

Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in our Aging Society

TAKING CARE: ETHICAL CAREGIVING IN OUR AGING SOCIETY published by The President’s Council on Bioethics Washington, D.C., September 2005 Preface The President’s Council on Bioethics was created by President George W. Bush on November 28, 2001 to advise the President on bioethical issues related to advances in biomedical science and technology. Taking Care addresses the ethical challenges of caregiving in our rapidly aging society, with special attention to the care of people with dementia. ... Read More

Talking Things Over Discussion Guide

This workbook is designed for lay discussion leadeers.  The guide proves the format and excercises for 3 sessions that give people ideas for thinking and talking about their wishes. It is published by Sacramento Healthcare Decisions, a longstanding leader in end of life care issues. This is now out of print and so may be downloaded and printed at no charge. It is available in English, Spanish and Tagalog. When visiting the publications section on this site click on End-of-Life Educational Materials ... Read More

The Vital Importance of Advance Care Planning Amid COVID-19. If not now, when?

Judy Thomas, JD, Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), presents how to proceed with clients served in the COVID-19 crisis in a CCCC Blog post titled, "If Not Now, When?" April 1, 2020 . Differences between the Advance Health Care Directive and Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) are presented along with a discussion of challenges and call for action now in the community, assisted living, skilled nursing. Key Reminders and Resources ... Read More

Time to address the need to improve end of life care by Susan Keller

Susan Keller, Executive Director of the Community Network, wrote this piece at the request of the Press Democrat for the Close to Home feature in the Sunday edition. The aim was to help inform the community given all the rhetoric at the national level about "death panels" with regards to national health care reform. This essay was published online Sept 19, 2009 and in the Sunday print edition Sept 20, 2009. Includes photo of Susan Keller. Visit Time to address the need to improve end of life care ... Read More

Vital Talk

Vital Talk has been at the forefront of improving serious illness communication a few decades now. Communications tools created by an accomplished faculty empower clinicians to communicate about serious illness empathetically and effectively, enabling them to feel less burnout in the process. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Vital Talk created a “COVID Ready Communication Playbook” to provide some practical advice on how to talk about some of the difficult topics related to COVID-19. ... Read More