California’s End of Life Option Act was passed on October 5, 2015 and entered into effect June 9, 2016. The law allows mentally capable, terminally ill patients to request “Aid-in-Dying” — a prescription for a medication that will end their life at their own chosen time.
Lonny Shavelson, MD, founded Bay Area End Of Life Options in response to the new law. In June of 2017, Thalia DeWolf, R.N., CHPN, joined the practice as Clinical Care Coordinator.
Dr. Shavelson is available as the Attending or Consulting physician for patients considering all end-of-life options, including physician aid in dying. He most commonly works with patients whose long-term physicians are not willing or able to work with aid-in-dying requests.
Dr. Shavelson and Thalia DeWolf, RN, are also consultants and educators to physicians, nurses and hospice clinical staff who have patients considering aid-in-dying as one of their end-of-life options. They also provide presentations and teaching for hospices and other organizations involved in end-of-life care.