Healthcare Decisions Month

April is Healthcare Decisions Month

Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of National Health Care Decisions Day. Everyone, 18 and older, can download a free tool kit to start to make your own health care plan. The Honoring Choices Partners will be hosting activities and events all month to help consumers make a plan and get connected to person-centered care in their community.


This year we are so pleased to join forces with The Conversation Project and The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care for one amazing collaborative initiative. You can view and download their wonderful tools here:  Write Your Script,  from the MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care; and The Conversation Project Starter Tool Kits to help adults talk about their wishes for end of life care.



Make A Plan: It's easy with the Getting Started Tool Kit 

As a competent adult you have the right to make your own health care decisions and create a personal health care plan. You plan is your road map to write down your care choices and tell your family and doctors what you want for care. The Getting Started Tool Kit provides simple step-by-step instructions and free MA documents to help you make a plan.


The Tool Kit includes:

How To Choose a Health Care Agent - a helpful guide about the role of an Agent;

Appoint Your Agent in a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy - a free legal document you can do yourself;

Tell Your Agent & Family About the Care You Want- a free Personal Directive (Living Will) document to write down your instructions for care;

Talk with Your Doctors & Care Providers- a handy discussion guide "5 Things To Talk about With Your Care Providers" helps you start a discussion and place a copy of your Health Care Proxy in your medical record.



Host Your Own Celebration: Download Poster & Tools

Start a discussion where you work, live, or gather!  You can host a "Who's Your Agent?" discussion to help your group get started on their health care plans. It's simple to do. Just download the free flyer or table poster and the Getting Started Tool Kit. You can start a discussion with your community or faith organization, set up an information table & distribute free tool kits, share with staff & colleagues, or gather with family & friends!  Tell us how you are celebrating and we'll post it on our Weekly Calendar of Events below.


Download Free Materials:

Who's Your Agent? 8.5 x 11 Flyer- Click Here.

Who's Your Agent? 12 x 18 Table Poster- Click Here.

The Getting Started Tool Kit. Click Here.

MA Health Care Proxy, Translated in 8 Languages. Click Here.

Packet: 8.5 x 11 Flyer and Getting Started Tool Kit. Click on the button below.

How are you celebrating Health Care Decisions Month?

Weekly Calendar of Events
The Honoring Choices Partners & Friends are hosting activities and events all month long for adults & families, care providers, clergy, and employees & staff. Tell us about your activity or event and post it in the Weekly Calendar of Events below.  Email Ellen, with your event information. Check back often to see what's happening!

Week One: April 1-8

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts hosts Honoring Chocies Health Care Planning Workshops for Associates.

April 4,5,6. 12Noon-1pm. Honoring Choices will offer the "Who's Your Agent?" Workshop to inform & empower associates/employees to make a personal health care plan.  Workshops will be held in Boston on April 4, Quincy on April 5, and Hingham on April 6.

Week Two: April 9-15

In the Berkshires: "Who's Your Agent?" Workshop for Care Providers

April 12, 9:30-Noon. Berkshire Country Club, All Care Providers Welcome. Berkshire AHEC is hosting the first ever "Who's Your Agent?" Workshop  for all community professionals & health care providers in Pittsfield and surrounding areas. Register Here.

Week Three: April 16-22

"Improving Serious Illness Care: More, Earlier, and Better Conversations about Patient Values and Goals"

April 19. 1pm-2pm Webcast for Care Providers. Joanna Paladino, MD, Assistant Director of Implementation, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs, and Ellen DiPaola, Esq., President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts are teaming up for an informational webcast sponsored by National Patient Safety Foundation.  For Care Providers. For more information and to register, click here.

Sacred Conversations with the Seriously Ill: From Diagnosis to Death

April 19,  8:30 am to 3:00 pm, The Harvard Business School. For multi-faith community based clergy persons. Navigating the choppy waters from diagnosis of a potentially terminal illness through dying to death can be difficult and lonely. Patients often turn to their trusted spiritual leaders for support and guidance. This colloquium will begin to equip multi-faith community clergy persons to engage more competently in these challenging, but rewarding conversations. Free of Charge. For more information click here.

Week Four: April 23-29

MOLST: Meeting the Challenge Workshop

April 24, 9:30- Noon. The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham. For Care Providers.  Honoring Choices and The Massachusetts Medical Society  are co-hosting a first-of-its-kind workshop for care providers. Come join a dynamic panel of state leaders and care professionals to discuss the best practices and implementation challenges of MOLST, Medical Orders for Life- Sustaining Treatment. Together we'll start to craft a collaborative MOLST process that is responsive to an adult's changing health needs and choices all throughout their health care journey and at the end of life.  Seating is limited. Register Today.