3/2: Herald Cancer Care Network Seminar on Hospice Care for Chinese Americans

Herald Cancer Care Network announced that it will present the End-of-Life Care Seminar (in Mandarin) for Chinese Americans on March 2, 2013. The goal of this seminar is to promote awareness and discussion regarding end-of-life care issues in the Chinese Community as well as to provide information and education for families who may need end-of-life care resources.


The Herald Cancer Care Network in Santa Clara will be hosting a seminar on March 2nd to educate Chinese Americans about hospice care, a topic traditionally considered taboo in the community. According to the organization, only 4% of Asian Americans have utilized this service, which is widely taken advantage of by other races, due to lack of information about the importance of end-of-life planning. Herald Cancer Care provides this seminar as a vital service for Chinese American seniors and their families, so we hope you’ll participate if you or anyone you know can benefit from it.

The Mandarin-language seminar will be held on March 2nd from 8:30 am-4 pm at the conference room of Valley Specialty Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (751 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128). More details, including how to register, after the jump.

Herald Cancer Care Network announced that it will present the End-of-Life Care Seminar (in Mandarin) for Chinese Americans on March 2, 2013. The goal of this seminar is to promote awareness and discussion regarding end-of-life care issues in the Chinese Community as well as to provide information and education for families who may need end-of-life care resources.

Time: Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Location: at the Conference Room of Valley Specialty Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 751 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128.

Chinese Americans with limited English proficiency and burdened by cultural taboo about death-related discussion may not have the proper information and knowledge regarding the choices they have when facing an end-of-life situation. For example, some may have confused hospice care with euthanasia, others are unaware that hospice care can be applied to any terminal illness besides cancer, and many others are completely unfamiliar with the hospice concept. Hospice care is commonly used by Caucasians and other ethnic groups at the end of life stage; however, according to a 2011 survey, only 4% of Asian/Pacific Islanders in California have utilized hospice. Besides, many Chinese Americans do not know what Advance Health Care Directive is and how this documentation can help when facing a life-threatening illness. Therefore, there is a crucial need for educating Chinese Americans about these end-of-life care options and related issues.

Topics of presentation at this seminar include:

• End-of-Life Issues in Chinese Culture • Overview of Hospice and Palliative Care
• Physical, Psychosocial, and Spiritual Needs for End-of-Life Patients
• Bereavement Support and Funeral Arrangement
• Advance Health Care Directive and Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
• Community Resources

Speakers for this seminar are seasoned end-of-life care professionals, including a palliative care physician, a hospice social worker, a hospice nurse, a hospice chaplain, a family member who had utilized hospice service , and other knowledgeable persons.

The seminar is sponsored by Dignity Providers of Bay Area, El Camino Hospital/Chinese Health Initiative, Mission Hospice & Home Care, Hospice of the Valley, Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The seminar will be presented in Mandarin. Pre-registration is required because seating is limited to 150 people and lunch will be provided with a suggested donation of $10. Please call Herald Cancer Care Network at 408-986-8584 to register or visit http://cancer.cchc.org for more details.

Herald Cancer Care Network (HCCN) is a community service program of Herald Cares (HC), which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. HCCN is based in Santa Clara, California. Our mission is to support Chinese American cancer patients and family members in the United States. We provide them with reliable information on cancer and make them aware of community resources. Through volunteers who are trained in caring skills and are sensitive to the patients’ cultural, language, social and religious backgrounds, we offer compassionate listening and support. We walk with cancer patients through the darkest days of their journeys to lift their spirit and give them the gift of hope.