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Advance Decision-Making Tools


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The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Every Californian needs to think about the kind of care they would want if they became seriously ill or incapacitated. It is also important that you talk with your loved ones and doctors about your choices, and then write down your wishes in an advance directive document. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California provides an array of resources, both for free and that you can purchase, to help you think about your choices, make decisions and communicate with your loved ones. Click on the following link to learn more about resources you can use: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. We believe that the place to begin is at the kitchen table - not in the intensive care unit - with the people we love, before it's too late. The Conversation Project began in 2010 when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of "good deaths" and "bad deaths" within their own circle of loved ones. Over several months, a vision emerged for a grassroots, public campaign spanning both traditional and new media that would change our culture. The goal: to make it easier to initiate conversations about dying, and to encourage people to talk now and as often as necessary so that their wishes are know when the time comes. In order to make this vision a reality, The Conversation Project began its collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in September of 2011. IHI is a not-for-profit organization that helps lead improvement of health and health care throughout the world.

Aging With Dignity - The Five Wishes

Aging with Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity. Aging with Dignity founder Jim Towey served as Mother Teresa's friend and legal counsel for 12 years and was a full-time volunteer in her home for people with AIDS. Her tender care and concern for all a person’s needs – medical, emotional and spiritual – served as the inspiration for Five Wishes, America’s most popular living will.

Aging with Dignity introduced Five Wishes in Florida in 1997, and a year later, to the nation. Dubbed “the living will with a heart and soul,” Five Wishes today meets the legal requirements in 42 states and has helped literally millions of people plan for and receive the kind of care they want. Five Wishes is unique among all other advance directives and living wills because it is user-friendly and easy to complete. Five Wishes Online was introduced in 2011, allowing people to complete Five Wishes on screen and print out a personalized document immediately. The document is available in 26 languages and in Braille

National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. For more information, visit their website.

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