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The majority of Americans (80%) say they would prefer to be cared for and die at home and yet only 36% of us receive hospice care. The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) believes the best time to learn, and ask about hospice is before hospice services are needed. To fully benefit from hospice services, patients and families must be referred with a six-month prognosis.

CHAPCA is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to quality end-of-life care and educate patients, families, communities and healthcare professionals about hospice and palliative care. It is our goal to support the mission of providing high-quality hospice and palliative care services to patients and their caregivers, in addition to providing leadership in advocating on behalf of hospice and palliative care in California.

For patients and families, we offer information about hospice and palliative care and the importance of having an advance directive. We also offer assistance with locating a hospice in their area and we connect patients and families with resources that help them navigate the process of caring for a loved one in hospice. One of the most frequently visited pages on our website is our Grief and Loss page. We receive many inquiries from those who have recently lost a loved one and are looking for grief support. 

For providers, we serve as a subject matter expert by offering education, tools, resources and services with the main goal of ensuring that our providers are equipped and compliant to provide high-quality hospice and palliative care to patients and families. We have formed partnerships with educational partners such as Hospice Webinar Network to provide industry-related education that is relevant to our providers. In addition, our providers have access to a member-only portal on our website which contains State and Regulatory resources, an On-Demand library of free webinars, monthly newsletter, free job boutique to post their openings, member discounts on products and services and much more.

Part of our success as an association stems from our partnerships with agencies that share our values and mission. We are proud to be aligned with C-TAC as we share the belief in their mission that “all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.” Collaborating with C-TAC allows us to share information and resources with our members to equip provider members with the tools they need to be successful.

Most recently, CHAPCA was awarded a grant by We Honor Veterans to participate in the Trauma Informed Care Initiative for Veterans on Hospice. We have been promoting the resources available to veterans and providers treating veterans to assess and treat PTSD, Moral Injury and Suicidality.   We invite you to visit our website at www.calhospice.org for more information and to refer your patients and providers to utilize as a resource.

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