WHEREAS the people of the communities in Western Colorado believe that quality of life is important for persons of all ages; and
WHEREAS education is an important component of decisions concerning health and health care; and
WHEREAS health care decisions, including end-of-life care, should be made by the individual patient and family, with the support of physicians, nurses, and other appropriate health care providers; and
WHEREAS CLUB 20 supports improved quality and access to appropriate end-of-life care; and
WHEREAS end of life care plans should encourage ethical and culturally appropriate care; and
WHEREAS health care coverage plans should include palliative and hospice care, when appropriate;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports better education and communication concerning end-of-life issues, including hospice and palliative care options, to improve care and reduce suffering, including appropriate support for physicians and nurses to provide information to patients concerning end-of-life directives, medical powers of attorney, and hospice and palliative care options to patients before they are faced with terminal or serious life-threatening illnesses.