National and State Organizations:
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) – provides Californians with numerous resources to educate them on advance care planning and provide the tools to accomplish it. CCCC is a non-profit organization that promotes high-quality, compassionate care for all Californians who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life, and comprised of a statewide collaborative of organizations and individuals representing healthcare providers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices, consumers, state agencies and others.
Resource links to advance care planning from the CCCC website:
The Conversation Project – a national project sponsored by the Institutes for Healthcare Improvement and co-founded by award winning columnist Ellen Goodman which provides a “Conversation Starter Kit” to assist individuals in having “the conversation” about end-of-life care with their loved ones, as well as numerous tools to complete advance care planning.
California POLST Information – POLST, an acronym for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment,” is an essential document patients and their physicians can complete so that health care professionals honor patient’s treatment wishes once they have had “the conversation” and engaged in advance care planning. The POLST form is recognized under California law and is designed to accompany patients as they receive care throughout the health care delivery system. The POLST form is available on our Forms page.
California Health Care Foundation – Advance Care Planning Resources
For Health Care Professionals:
Institutes for Healthcare Improvement – Free online course introducing advance care planning to patient – free CME is included
ACP Decisions – Patient Education Videos – offered to health care facilities nonprofit foundation co-founded by Angelo Volandes, MD
End-of-Life Care Resources – American Academy of Family Physicians
JAMA Internal Medicine Article – “Communication About Serious Illness Care Goals – A Review and Synthesis of Best Practices” October 20, 2014
National Healthcare Decisions Day – Your decisions matter!
Life Care Planning with Kaiser Permanente – Preparing for life’s “what ifs”
Good End of Life – Simple planning information, worksheets, and tools
Living Well With a Serious Illness – From the American College of Physicians
Prepare for Your Care – Online tool to PREPARE for your care step by step
Go Wish Cards – Playing cards to help people talk with family and caregivers and rank end-of-life priorities