Compassion & Choices Oregon is a resource for Oregonians as they make end-of-life decisions and plan for a caring, gentle death according to their own values and beliefs.
We provide terminally ill, mentally competent adults with a network of professionals who inform, educate and counsel them on the broad range of end-of-life options. We complement the implementation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act by ensuring qualified Oregonians with safe and responsible access to use the Act.
Compassion’s volunteer team and staff include clergy, mental health professionals, attorneys, physicians, hospice nurses, palliative care specialists and others experienced in helping terminally ill patients, their families and caregivers. Through our experience we have developed an extensive database of community resources to assist Oregonians with the support they need to face the end of life with dignity.
What is permitted under the Oregon Death with Dignity Act?
The law permits:
- an eligible person, suffering from a terminal disease, to voluntarily request from his or her physician a prescription for medication to end his or her life in a humane and dignified manner,
- the eligible person to change his or her request at any time or in any manner,
- doctors and other healthcare providers to refuse to participate,
- the eligible person’s family and physician to be present at the time the patient takes the medication.
Who is eligible for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act?
The law requires that the patient:
- Be an adult 18 years of age or older,
- Be capable of making and communicating healthcare decisions to healthcare providers,
- Be an Oregon resident,
- Have a terminal illness with fewer than six months to live, which may not be the same requirement to become eligible for hospice,
- Make his or her request for assistance voluntarily.
If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, download and complete the following Advance Directive:
Building Bridges at the 16th Annual Fundraising Luncheon: Thank you to everyone who helped Compassion & Choices Oregon raise funds for end-of-life choice and care!
Thank you for all of your leadership and support to make the 2013 Compassion & Choices Oregon Luncheon a great success! On October 9th, we hosted over 200 guests who generously supported our work to promote and protect end-of-life care including Oregon’s Death With Dignity law.
Keynote speaker Deborah Whiting Jaques, CEO of the Oregon Hospice Association, which represents 54 licensed hospices throughout the state, said she was happy to learn that the theme of the fundraising luncheon was “Building Bridges,” noting that 97 percent of patients who have used the Death With Dignity law are in hospice. Many of the 54 licensed hospice agencies in the state work closely with Compassion & Choices to ensure families get good advice about end-of-life planning, she said.” Read the Lund Report – full article here.
NEW! Patient Medical Notebook Available: The Patient Medical Notebook is part of our new Oregon Access Initiative. The purpose of the Notebook is to be a useful healthcare tool for everyone. Download a printable version of the Patient Medical Notebook here.
Find Out More
Contact Compassion & Choices Oregon State Director Kat West at email@example.com to learn more about what Compassion & Choices is doing and how you can help.
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