California’s End of Life Option Act 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 2016 in response to the new law. In June of 2017, Thalia DeWolf, R.N., CHPN, joined the practice as Clinical Care Coordinator.
Bay Area End of Life Options stopped accepting new patients as of August 15, 2020. We continue to provide full care to all patients who entered our practice prior to that date. Dr. Shavelson is now Chair of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying. Thalia DeWolf, RN, CHPN, has returned to her first love as a hospice nurse. Patients seeking aid-in-dying care can find supportive physicians at the Patient to Doctor Referral System of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying. We encourage you to use this system.
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. Contact them at the Academy.