End of life care is something we all face, yet too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, leaving loved ones feeling burdened, guilty, and uncertain. While we desire to have our health care wishes honored and not be a burden, many of us fail to have “the conversation” with loved ones about what those wishes are before treatment decisions must be made. By having and documenting “the conversation,” we can assure ourselves of a richer life where our treatment preferences are respected, where our loved ones are comforted in the knowledge that we will receive the care we desire, and where our caregivers can be empowered to provide that care in the most effective and compassionate manner possible.
This website is dedicated to providing the residents of Alameda and Contra Costa County with the resources necessary to help them engage in advance care planning to improve their quality of life. It’s content has been developed by advance care planning advocates throughout the community, including health care professionals, social workers, senior advocates, estate planners, conservators, non-profit community service and business organizations, faith-based organizations, elected officials, public health agencies, and many other volunteers.
Please take advantage of these resources, and encourage your loved ones and friends to do the same.
In this website you will find the following:
Advance Care Planning Resources – A listing of major organizations offering advance care planning resources; frequently asked questions about advance care planning; and a searchable listing of local organizations that offer advance care planning-related services.
Calendar of Advance Care Planning Activities – a listing of local advance care planning events
Advance Care Planning “Champions” and “Coaches” – a searchable listing of East Bay “Champions” who can present the concepts of advance care planning, and “coaches” who can lead “the conversation” about advance care planning for an interested group or family.
Please take advantage of these resources and have “the conversation” that will enrich your life.