Did you know that most American’s say they would rather be cared for at home when they pass away? Yet, less than 40% of Americans receive hospice care. Indeed, the best time to find out about hospice is before those services are needed. A person needs to be referred to hospice services with a 6-months prognosis in order to benefit from these services.
The California Hospice and Palliative Care (CHAPCA)
CHAPCA was created in 1986 and works to help people get access to quality end-of-life care. This non-profit organization helps educate people and their families, as well as healthcare professionals and the community about palliative and hospice care. DonateaCar.com works with CHAPCA, making it easy for you to donate a car for hospice.
Education is very important when it comes to hospice and palliative care. If every patient and family of those who have serious disease or terminal illness knew what services are available to them, then more people could get quality care. CHAPCA helps educate people by providing information on the following:
- What is hospice and palliative care
- What is your caregiving plan
- Advance directives
- Advance Care Planning Guide
- Choosing a hospice or palliative care provider
- Grief and loss
- CHAPCA Library
There are choices that come when a person is nearing their end-of-life time. Quality information is vital for patients and their families in helping them prepare. If they don’t know about hospice and palliative care, they cannot choose a comprehensive plan for their loved one at the most vulnerable and challenging time of their life.
Services and Programs offered by CHAPCA
In helping to get people access to needed hospice or palliative care, CHAPCA has services and programs designed to enhance the quality of their care. They do this through:
- Webinars and workshops
- Annual conferences
- Helping people who seek hospice jobs
- CHAPCA Job Boutique
- WHV – Trauma informed Care Initiative
Memberships offered by CHAPCA
Providers in California can use resources for their patients that CHAPCA offers through membership.
Individual companies and corporate agencies that provide hospice care can become a member of CHAPCA by registering and paying an annual membership fee. Being a member of CHAPCA allows them to more easily connect with patients needing care.
Companies or individuals who provide a hospice service or product can also get a CHAPCA online membership for up to 5 staff members. Individuals can get a professional education pass from CHAPCA for conference and education attendance.
Hospice care is about showing that each person matters, even up until the end of a person’s life. We all deserve to pass away peacefully if possible, and to truly live until it is our time to go. Many patients often live longer when they receive hospice care as their symptoms are managed and treated according to their individuals preferences and needs.
We are grateful for the years of work, education and advocacy that CHAPCA has provided for thousands for individuals, families and organizations.