The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act authorizes medical aid-in-dying and allows a terminally ill adult to end his or her life in a peaceful manner. The patient must meet several requirements, including:
- A prognosis of six months or less;
- Mental capacity to make an informed decision;
- Residency in Colorado; and
- Has requested and obtained a prescription for medical aid-in-dying medication.
Colorado law recognizes certain rights and responsibilities of qualified patients and healthcare providers under the End-of-Life Options. Under the Act, a healthcare provider, including Aspen Valley Hospital, is not required to assist a qualified patient in ending that patient’s life.
Aspen Valley Hospital has chosen not to participate under the Act.
Aspen Valley Hospital caregivers will still provide all other requested end-of-life and palliative care, as well as other services to patients and families.
Any patient wishing to request medical aid-in-dying medication, who meets the criteria of the End-of-Life Options Act while a patient at this hospital, will be assisted in determining his/her options for receiving medical aid-in-dying medications.