Getting Started Tool Kit

Getting Started Tool Kit

You can make your own health care plan. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! 

1-Choose a Proxy. 2-Write your choices in a personal directive. 3-Talk with care providers about your choices.

The tool kit has everything your need to start to make a plan. You can choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy, tell your Agent and family your choices for care in a Personal Directive, and start a planning discussion with your care providers to align the best possible care to your goals, values and choices. The tool kit provides step-by-step instructions and a checklist to put your plan into action. Do it one step at a time or all together!


The Getting Started Tool Kit includes:


Step 1. Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy

Choosing a Health Care Agent- What does an Agent do?–  Who you can choose and an Agent’s responsibilities

Things to Know about a Health Care Proxy Learn about Mass law and power of this legal document

MA Health Care Proxy Instructions and Document Free instructions and a MA document


Not sure who to choose as your Agent yet?  No problem. Just start your plan with a Personal Directive (Step 2).


Step 2: Write down your choices in a Personal Directive

Things to Know About a Personal Directive– Learn about Mass law and the power of this personal document

MA Personal Directive Information & Document– free instructions and MA document


Step 3: Talk With Your Doctors & Care Providers

 5 Things To Talk About With Your Care Provider a handy discussion guide you can bring to your next appointment


  Download and print the entire tool kit.


Download and print the Getting Started Tool Kit