Hospice Worker holding hands with end of life patient


End of Life Option Act Policy

Hospice of Amador and Calaveras (HOAC) reaffirms a basic element of the hospice philosophy that states that because dying is a natural process, hospice neither seeks to hasten nor postpone death. HOAC also reaffirms the philosophy that hospice does not abandon dying patients and their families. HOAC acknowledges that there may be hospice patients who will wish to avail themselves of their legal right under the California End of Life Option Act, and HOAC will continue to provide Hospice services concurrently regardless of their choice. However, HOAC recognizes that this is a matter between the patient and their family and physician; consequently, HOAC will not actively participate in the End of Life Option but rather will take an “Educate and Support” position.