PLAN IN PLACE during COVID-19

Now's the time! Complete your own Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive. Read more here.

UPDATE: Tips on planning during COVID-19 ... State allows Witnessed Verbal Consent on MOLST .... Adults under Guardianship. Read more here.

Your Health Care. Your Choice.

It's more important than ever! Make a plan for better care over your lifetime.

Health Care Planning is for Everyone

Honoring Choices provides health care planning information and free Massachusetts planning documents to take charge of your health care decisions and write down what you want for care in a personal health care plan. Your personal plan is your road map to share with your family and health care providers to get better care health care that is high quality, timely and aligns with your goals, values, and care choices.

Our Amazing Partner Network

We've partnered with hundreds of health care organizations and community groups across the Commonwealth to help adults stay healthy and live well. The Honoring Choices Community Partners help adults make a personal plan using our simple tools, and can connect adults to needed care and services in their community. 

Our Vision

Our vision is simple: Every adult can make a plan and access better care to stay healthy, manage illness as we age, and live well with serious illness. 

Make Your Own Plan

Start here. Just ask "Who's Your Agent?"

Our signature Who’s Your Agent?® Program provides a simple step-by-step approach to health care planning, with two easy to use tool kits to make a personal plan. Consumers and health care providers use the same tool kits to start early planning conversations and match better care to your goals, values and care choices.

• The Getting Started Tool Kit helps you start your plan- it's as easy as 1-2-3! The do-it-yourself tool kit provides a free MA Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will). Click on the button below to download the tool kit, or you can download individual planning documents in multiple languages.

• The Next Steps Tool Kit helps you build on your plan as your health needs change, providing helpful discussion guides and information on three additional planning documents, Durable Power of Attorney, Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR), and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST).

Getting Started Tool Kit

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Choose a trusted person to be your Health Care Agent (Agent).  Appoint your Agent in a legal document called a Health Care Proxy.

 

Signing Personal Directive

Write down your instructions for the care you want and do not want, what you value most, and any personal messages in a document called a Personal Directive or Living Will.

Talking to a doctor.

Use our handy discussion guide to make a plan with your care providers to stay healthy and live well with illness over your lifetime.

Get Better Care Over Your Lifetime

Get help to make a plan and connect to needed care

The Honoring Choices Partners Network is a collaborative team of hundreds of health care providers, local community organizations, and state and membership organizations across the Commonwealth. The Honoring Choices Partners offer many different kinds of services, but share one mission to ensure every adult can access better care:  health care that is high quality, timely, and aligns with an individual's goals, values and care choices, over  their lifetime.

An Unequal Playing Field

As our Partners know first-hand in helping consumers, access to timely, quality care is not always easy, fair or possible. The Honoring Choices Partners are working to improve health disparities by removing the barriers to care based on language, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and age. The Partners are also addressing the social determinants that significantly impact health, such as a lack of transportation to care appointments, reliable food supply, affordable medicine, adequate stable housing, and chronic stress and social isolation.  Guided by consumer voices and the shared expertise of our Partner Network, we are working to change our broken systems and forge new pathways for better care. 

Meet the Community Partners and Alliance Partners

The Community Partners help consumers make a personal plan and connect adults to needed care in seven regions of the state. Click below to find help in your area.

The Alliance Partners support their health care providers, who help consumers locally throughout the Commonwealth. Click below to meet this dynamic group.

Join Us! Every health care, community group/professional is welcome to join the Honoring Choices Partner Network. Contact us here.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Consumers: Find a Partner in your region to help you make a plan and connect to needed care.

ALLIANCE PARTNERS

Statewide & regional organizations supporting their care providers and working on joint projects.