We hold nonprofits near and dear to our heart, and each month we want to celebrate a non-profit that we work with to help spread awareness about their story, mission, and vision.
This month’s highlight is the nonprofit California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (“CHAPCA”).
CHAPCA, headquartered in Sacramento, CA was established in 1986. Their mission is to promote the value and quality of end-of-life care for patients and their families through education and advocacy. CHAPCA provides education, tools, resources, and services for their California provider members with the main goal of ensuring that their providers are equipped and compliant to provide high quality hospice and palliative care to patients and families.
What exactly is palliative care? Palliative Care improves the quality of life of patients and their families by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress of a serious or debilitating illness.
The majority of Americans (80%) say they would prefer to be cared for and die at home and yet only 38% of us receive hospice care. CHAPCA believes the best time to learn about and ask about hospice, is before hospice services are needed.
Quality information is essential if individuals and their loved ones are to be prepared for the choices that come with serious illness and end-of-life. To fully benefit from hospice services, patients and families must be referred with a six-months prognosis to benefit from hospice services.
If you would like to know more about CHAPCA, donate, advocate or volunteer please visit their website www.calhospice.org