StudentWe present community education programs in the South Bay on advance care planning. The programs generally run about 90 minutes, and we also have a 25 – 30 minute program. If your group of 25 or more is interested, email and we’ll follow up with you.

Series title: Care Planning for Smarties

Link: Content information on programs 1 through 5.


  1. To help all of us plan ahead for funerals and burials, we’ve created a free funeral and burial instructions documentPrint it out, complete it, put it in a safe place, and tell your family and friends about it. Don’t leave everyone else in the painful situation of guessing what you’d have wanted. Make extra blank copies and give them to your friends and family.
  2. Looking for a plain-language, no-frills advance health care directive (California power of attorney for health care) form? Caring House has created one for you to use and share with others. Use this free, four-page directive to name those you want to make health care decisions for you if the time comes. Print and/or download.
  3. Step #1 in advance care planning is selecting who will make health care decisions for you if you’re not able to speak for yourself. To help you select, we’ve created the Who Ya Gonna Name grid. It gives you the seven top criteria for evaluating who to name from among your family and friends. Use it to compare your possible decision-makers. Print and/or download.
  4. You’ve picked those you want to speak for you. You’ve named them in your advance health care directive. What’s next? Complete your Advance Directive Wallet Card and keep it in your wallet. That way the medical team will know quickly who to contact to make decisions for you. Order your Wallet Card from Caring House today.
  5. The absolute best way to get the end-of-life care YOU want is to think and talk about it ahead of time. Let others know your wishes, values and views about life and care. H.E.L.P. (Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation) has created a wonderful plain-language written tool to help you with that thinking and communication. The tool is called Your Way and is subtitled “A Guide To Help You Stay in Charge of Decisions About Your Medical Care.” You can request a free copy of Your Way by going to
  6. Glossary of hospital and care terms from Caring House.


  1. Advance care planning site from NHPCO — National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website with plenty of practical guidance on advance care planning.
  2. Medicare Hospice Benefits — the official Medicare hospice benefits booklet. Includes who’s eligible for hospice care, what services are included, how to find a hospice program and where to get more information.
  3. Find a hospice service provider through National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
  4. Locate a hospice through