Your Health Care. Your Choice.
It's more important than ever! Make a plan for better care over your lifetime.
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 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.
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.
Quick Access to Planning
Here are our most popular tools and webinars. Click on the buttons below to download a MA Healthy Care Proxy document, do-it-yourself Getting Started Tool Kit, and learn more about free webinars for consumers and health care providers or scroll down to learn more.
Make Your Own Plan
Tool Kits & Webinars
Our signature Who’s Your Agent?® Program provides a simple step-by-step approach to health care planning, and includes two do-it-yourself tool kits and informative webinars. Consumers and health care providers use the same tool kits and webinars to start early and more routine planning conversations to provide better care.
- Start to Make a Plan with the Getting Started Tool Kit. It includes a free MA Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and "5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers" handy discussion guide. Download the tool kit or individual planning documents in multiple languages.
- Build on your Plan with the Next Steps Tool Kit. It includes information about a Durable Power of Attorney, Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR), and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) to update and revise your plan. Download below.
For Consumers: Gather your group for a virtual and fun presentation, "Now's the Time! Make Your Own Plan."
For Health Care Providers: Gather your staff/colleagues for educational webinars to engage adults in seamless planning conversations from simple to serious illness.
Get Started Here. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Choose a trusted person to be your Health Care Agent (Agent). Appoint your Agent in a legal document called a Health Care Proxy.
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.
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.