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Honoring Choices Community Forum

This is our platform to raise issues, to examine information, to share a thought, and to offer resources through the community network that is our shared vision for a person-centered quality health care in Massachusetts.

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MOLST: MEETING THE CHALLENGE- Register Here!

Honoring Choices is thrilled to be teaming up with the Massachusetts Medical Society to co-host a first-of-its-kind seminar. "MOLST: Meeting the Challenge" will open up a dialogue with care providers from across health care and community settings to work together to improve the quality of care and consistently honor every adult's end of life care choices. Physicians, nurses, community professionals, EMS personnel, social workers, faith and cultural leaders- anyone who engages adults in discussions about CPR and life-sustaining treatments, and/or provides end of life care to honor an individual’s choices is welcome to attend.

THE PALLIATIVE CARE PROJECT

Our goal is simple: Create consumer friendly tools that empower adults and families to start a palliative care discussion with their care providers to help manage the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. The task however is formidable as Palliative Care programs in Massachusetts, whether centered in primary care, community groups, in-patient hospital programs or other facilities, can have wide-ranging protocols for how they define and talk about palliative care, who is appropriate for care, the types of services offered, and how to pay for care.

Make a Greater Difference

In this end of the year season of gratitude and giving, we ask all consumers, care providers, businesses and community groups to take a minute and consider making a contribution to Honoring Choices Massachusetts. Every donation goes a long way to help us provide free health care planning information and tools to Massachusetts adults & families. Your contribution also helps us support our growing network of Partners to actively engage adults in planning discussions and get them connected to person-centered care. Help us Make a Greater Difference in the lives of every Massachusetts adult & family, Just takes 1 minute. DONATE TODAY!

Welcome American Nurses Association & 120,000 Nurses!

We wholeheartedly welcome all 120,000 members of the American Nurses Association-Massachusetts (ANA-MA) to the Honoring Choices Alliance Partner network! Whether working in primary care, home care, in hospitals or hospices, or the many other practice areas, nurses have consistently reported the Honoring Choices programs help them feel “more confident and competent” in interacting with patients and delivering person-centered care.

Everyone is Invited: Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative

The Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative (DFMI), an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, invites everyone to join in creating safe, informed and respectful dementia friendly communities and enable people living with dementia to live full, engaged and vibrant lives.

12-Stop Workshop Tour: The Reviews Are In!

In September, we embarked on an ambitious Fall Tour to bring the “Who’s Your Agent? Workshop for Care Providers” to hundreds of care professionals across the Commonwealth. We traveled from Western Mass to Cape Cod to provide the Who’s Your Agent? Program and Tool Kits to community professionals, clergy and lay leaders, and health care providers from “Primary Care to Hospice Care”. Our goal was to arm all care professionals with a common, unified health care planning language and set of Massachusetts planning tools to actively engage adults in health care planning discussions at every phase of health.

Health Care Planning Facilitator Course

Where: November 16, 8-Noon, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Somerville, MA
For: Community Partners and Alliance Partner Member Organizations
Come Join Us for a highly interactive course to deepen your health care planning knowledge and sharpen your communication skills to engage adults in effective health care planning discussions. A Facilitator becomes the 'in-house expert' to arm staff & colleagues with proven programs and planning tools, and to host community-wide presentations.

20,000 Adults Engaged in Health Care Planning Discussions!

In just three years, Honoring Choices Community Partners have started over 20,000 health care planning discussions with adults and families across the Commonwealth. Every day, the Honoring Choices Community Partners- nurses, social workers, community professionals, lay leaders and health care providers- actively engage adults & families in meaningful care planning discussions to make a health care plan and connect adults to person-centered care in their community.

12-Stop Tour: Who’s Your Agent? Workshop for Care Providers

Honoring Choices Partners are taking the lead to arm their care providers with a united health care planning language & set of Massachusetts tools, to actively engage adults & families in health care planning discussions. The Who's Your Agent? Health Care Planning Workshop for Care Providers campaign kicks off September 15 in Cape Cod and runs through the Fall in every region across the Commonwealth. The Workshops help care providers to enhance their knowledge and sharpen their communication skills to effectively engage adults in planning discussions. PARTNERS AND MEMBERS: REGISTER HERE!

Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging becomes an Alliance Partner

We welcome Executive Director David Stevens and all of the MCOA staff, colleagues and Senior Center Directors to the Honoring Choices Partner network. We are thrilled for the opportunity to support the 349 Councils on Aging (COA) with health care planning information and proven programs. The COA's are at the very heart of a each community serving elders and their families. We look forward to working with you all in our 6 Community Partner regions across the Commonwealth.