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The goal of Caring Connections is to develop a network of people, communities, and organizations working to improve timely access to quality end-of-life care.

Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of Caring Connections is to develop a network of people, communities, and organizations working to improve timely access to quality end-of-life care. Caring Connections has implemented It's About How You LIVE, a national community engagement campaign encouraging consumers to make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The goal of the LIVE campaign is to provide a unified message across the country that motivates people to take action to improve end-of-life care for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.

The central message of the LIVE campaign is to encourage people to:

*Learn about options for end-of-life services and care
*Implement plans to ensure wishes are honored
*Voice decisions to family, friends and health care providers
*Engage in personal or community efforts to improve end-of-life care

www.caringinfo.org

The Caring Connections website contains a wealth of resources, including advance directives for all 50 states. A toll-free helpline is available to people looking for end-of-life information, including free brochures and advance directives or contact information for a hospice or other end-of-life organization.

NHPCO HelpLine is 800-658-8898