National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Visit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) ... Read More

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the National Institutes on Health effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. In this effort NIMHD will conduct and support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training, foster emerging programs, disseminate information, and reach out to minority and other health disparity ... Read More

Partnership for the Public’s Health

PPH is both a place-based and people-based strategy. PPH supports strong, dynamic partnerships that bring residents, community groups and health departments together to improve community health. Resources are invested directly in communities through both community organizations and local health departments. Community residents understand what is needed to improve health and well-being because health happens at the community level, where people live. The engagement and investment of community residents ... Read More

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a document to help ensure that a patient’s wishes are known and honored toward the end of life. It uses a standardized medical order used to indicate which types of life-sustaining treatment a seriously ill patient wants or doesn’t want if his or her condition worsens. POLST assists health care providers and patients or their surrogate to develop a transferable care plan of desired interventions when dealing with serious, life-limiting ... Read More

Prehospital Do Not Resuscitate Form & Information

This form was developed by the CA Emergency Medical Services Authority, in concert with the CA Medical Association and emergency medical services (EMS) providers, for purposes of instructing EMS personnel to forego resuscitation attempts in the event of a patient's cardiopulmonary arrest. This form orders that no medical procedure be done to restart breathing or heart functioning if the heart stops beating or a person stops breathing. This form does not prevent a person from obtaining other emergency ... Read More

Promises to Keep: Changing the Way we Provider Care at the End of Life

Promises to Keep: Changing the Way We Provide Care at the End of Life published by the National Coalition on Health Care and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in October, 2000. This report presents the stories of institutions and organizations that made a commitment to change and innovation to improve care at the end of life. The profiles presented in this report reflect some of the most promising pioneering efforts underway in the field of palliative care. RAND’s Center to Improve Care ... Read More

Publications (Foundation of the State Bar of California)

Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians - Last updated in 2009. Avaialbe free in English or Spanish. Seniors & the Law offers an overview of important issues facing senior citizens, including finances and debt, social security and insurance, housing and caregiving, employment, health care, elder abuse/elder fraud, grandparents' rights, divorce and remarriage, and estate planning and legal services. This guide provides valuable information for seniors, their adult children, and their ... Read More

Redwood Caregiver Resource Center

The Redwood Caregiver Resource Center (RCRC) is one of several Caregiver Resource Centers throughout California serving people with head trauma injury, dementia, Parkinson's and other brain impairment illnesses. The RCRC is located at 141 Stony Circle, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 and provides services to the north coast region including Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Toll Free 800-834-1636. Visit Redwood Caregiver Resource Center ... Read More