Improving Palliative Care for Chinese Patients
Under a grant from Dignity Health, the CACCC is helping Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco improve palliative care for its Chinese patients. Under the grant:
- CACCC develop pre and post surveys for health providers at the hospital on their familiarity with Chinese patient issues
- CACCC will provide Health Care training to nurses and ancillary staff
- CACCC will provide consultation to the Palliative Care Coordinator and palliative care team members
- CACCC will assess the availability of internal and external resources for serving Chinese patients and families
- CACCC will coordinate with the Palliative Care Team to develop community outreach strategies
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Proposal
After the completion of the 2012 PAMF Endowment Fund project, the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC) proposes to provide education outreach about Advance Heath Care Directive (AHCD), Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and End of Life Care to Chinese Americans residing in Alameda, Oakland and San Mateo counties for the year of 2013. The CACCC will conduct community outreach, particularly to Chinese seniors, on the advantages of completing an AHCD and the POLST form. CACCC seminars will explain what these forms do and how to complete them. CACCC volunteers will help participants actually complete their AHCD at the seminars using the Chinese translation of the forms as a tool for understanding the implications of each section of the AHCD and the POLST form. In addition, participants will have a basic understanding of end of life issues, such as the benefits of hospice and palliative care.
Memory Book Project
The CACCC Memory Book Committee continues to work on a four-color book for those facing end of life. The Memory Book will contain chapters for "telling your story", for "messages to your loved ones", a place for saying what dying means to you, a place for photographs, a place for instructions on what to do after you die ... and much more.