Coordinating Efforts to Support Patients and Families
Providing support to address physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs can reduce stress and improve quality of life of life for patients, families, and caregivers.
Clinicians can help patients understand their choices and communicate their wishes about end of life care with their family members and caregivers.
Health Care Costs at End of Life
Health care costs in the last year of life exceed, any other single year of life. A significant proportion of these expenditures can be reduced while improving quality of life, quality of care, and outcomes.
The majority of Californians say they prefer to spend their last months in a non-hospital setting, free of pain, and making sure their family is not burdened by their care. However, only 32 percent of deaths occur at home, while 42 percent of Californians die in hospitals.
Improving the Care and Experience at End of Life
The end of one’s life is a difficult stage of life experience for individuals and their families. Enabling opportunities to make personal choices about care and providing thoughtful, compassionate care can improve the experience.
Innovations in End of Life
Check out creative ways that innovators in many organizations and communities are working to improve the end of life experience.