THE END OF LIFE CARE PARTNERSHIP (EOLCP) IS YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE IN LIVING AND ENDING WELL.
We are a network of organizations and individuals committed to ensuring quality of life at every stage through education, support, sound policy and health care choices.
This site is a navigational hub for community specific resources, networking, and collaboration. We prioritize person and family-centered care, clear and compassionate communication; community collaboration and impact.
HOW WE DO IT
We engage and empower our partners to transform the way we live through the design of a human-centered journey that includes the highest quality end of life experiences.
EOLCP is “powered by” these organizations who received generous grants from the Lovell Foundation and CFSA.
- United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona acts as the backbone agency in the Partnership, providing leadership, support, community awareness, education and planning. Email EOLCP@unitedwaytucson.org or call 520-903-3911 to receive monthly updates, invitations to meetings and events or to find out how you can support the initiative.
- Through Arizona Connected Care, primary care providers and health care organizations are engaged in practice transformation initiatives to assist health care professionals and support staff. Patients and families are also able to engage in advance care planning conversations through the use of the ACP Decisions tools. If you are a health care organization wanting more information about this program, please contact the Director of Care Coordination at Arizona Connected Care at 520-324-2922.
- During a medical emergency, make sure your wishes are respected even if you are unable to speak for yourself. TMC for Seniors provides 1:1 sessions with an advance care planning volunteer who will answer your questions and walk you through the process of completing the necessary documents. For more information or to make an appointment with one of our advance care planning volunteers, please call 520-324-1960. Appointments are open to adults of all ages.
- Pima Council on Aging provides a dedicated end of life care info line (520-546-2018) where callers can get information on end of life care planning, sign up for community workshops, and receive one-on-one assistance in completing healthcare decisions documents. PCOA is committed to ensuring that all their direct care staff are educated in end of life care planning issues so they can assist clients and to increasing community awareness of end of life care issues.
Interfaith Community Services hosts free 2-hour workshops in various locations to educate the public about advance care planning. Advance Care Planning workshops include such topics as starting the conversation on your end-of-life healthcare and completing the advance care planning documents that are legal in Arizona (Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills). These workshops provide tools to guide you through your advance care planning conversations and documents.
Interfaith Community Services also trains coaches to assist individuals and families with their advance care planning documents. This coaching can take place in your home or another place of your choosing. In addition, ICS trains facilitators for the community workshops.
A related program funded by ICS, Writing an Ethical Will, is offered by Jewish Family and Children’s Services.
For information about community workshops and volunteer training options, contact ICS’s End of Life Care Lead Trainer at 520-526-9309.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association provides healthcare provider education on implementing a structured, evidence-based approach for interdisciplinary healthcare teams to talk to patients who are seriously ill about their values, goals and treatment choices. These services include direct training with health care providers as well as “Train the Trainer” sessions.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association also provides community education workshops on advance care planning and “Train the Trainer” workshops outside of Pima County through its Thoughtful Life Conversations™ program. Contact the AZHHA End of Life Care Program Director at 602-445-4312 for more information.
Tu Nidito Children and Family Services provides grief support to children and families impacted by the diagnosis of a serious illness or the death of a loved one. Tu Nidito provides one-on-one services with children and families as well as peer-to-peer group support. Services also include grief education and intervention to schools and community agencies in need of grief preparation and intensive support, a weekend camp focused on emotional bereavement support, a specialized support group for young adults and phone consultation in the event that services can not be accessed in person. Contact Tu Nidito at 520-322-9155.
- Casa de la Luz Foundation supports critical supplemental services for hospice patients and their families to insure a positive and dignified experience at end of life. The Foundation also provides educational workshops on hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning for organizations and workplaces. We are the largest local distributor of Five Wishes, a user-friendly workbook for advanced care planning, available for free in English and Spanish. Contact 520-351-5441 for more information.
- The Southwest Folklife Alliance End of Life: Continuum program shares cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in Southern Arizona’s folk, ethnic, occupational, faith-based and alternative communities. Through workshops, documentation, and collaboration we raise awareness and share knowledge that impact advance care planning, palliative care, hospice and the grief process.
- Our Family Services: To support staffing, volunteers, and operations related to Elder Circles, in-home elder counseling, elder mediation, and delivery of Honoring a Life workshops in the community.
- The UA Center on Aging provides medical student education on end-of-life care issues with reflective and hands-on activities throughout the four year curriculum. The goal is to prepare students to engage in compassionate communication about serious illness and end of life issues with their patients and families. Through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, the Center also provides education on end-of-life care to medical residents and interdisciplinary healthcare providers, as well as to paid and unpaid care partners throughout Arizona.
- The TONCA Foundation received a grant for community planning.
- The Archie Hendricks Skilled Nursing Facility, operated by TONCA, provides in-patient hospice and palliative care. For more information call: 520-585-5500 or visit www.toltc.org.