Your Health Care. Your Choice.
Make a personal plan for better care today and over your lifetime.
Every adult can start a simple conversation to make their own health care plan. Your plan tells your family and your care providers about the kind of care you want. It's your personal roadmap to get good care today and over your lifetime.
A good place to start is by asking this question:
If you get sick and cannot make health care decisions yourself - even for a short time while you recover-
- Who would you choose as your Health Care Agent, a person you trust to make care decisions for you?
- What would you tell your Health Care Agent about your preferences for the kind of care you want?
Everyone can make a plan and write down their care choices. Our Who's Your Agent? Program, a structured approach to health care planning, makes it simple and easy to do using these two tool kits:
- Getting Started Tool Kit, is a do-it-yourself kit to start a simple conversations to get good care today;
- Next Steps Tool Kit, helps you build on your conversations as your health needs change to get good care over your lifetime.
Who's Your Agent?® Program
Getting Started Tool Kit. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Start a simple conversation to make a plan for good care today!
Start to make your plan by choosing a Health Care Agent in Step 1. Not able to choose a Health Care Agent? That's OK. Just start with Step 2 to write down the kind of care you want.
1. Who's Your Agent?
Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy.
2. What Matters to Me?
Write down your care choices in a Personal Directive (Living Will).
3. Talk About Your Care.
Use our handy conversation guide to put your plan into action.
The tool kit includes a free MA Health Care Proxy form (available in 15 languages), MA Personal Directive (Living Will) form; "I Have a Health Care Proxy" Wallet Card, and a handy conversations guide to Start a Simple Conversation To Stay Well.
Next StepsTool Kit
Build on your conversations - from simple to serious illness - for good care over your lifetime.
1. Build on Your Plan
Talk with family & clinicians about your goals to stay healthy & live well.
2. Update & Add Documents
Update your plan to ensure your care aligns with your goals and choices.
3. Get Better Care
Talk to your care providers as your health needs change over time.
The tool kit includes handy conversation guides from simple to serious illness for consumers and care providers; information about a Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), and Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR) to update and add to your plan; and information about specialized care to manage chronic illness and live well with serious illness.
Get Help: Meet the Honoring Choices Partners
Our Partners help adults make a plan and connect to care in their community.
The Honoring Choices MA (HCM) Partners Network is a voluntary, collaborative team of hundreds of health care providers, local community organizations and professionals, and state and membership organizations, who use the Honoring Choices Who's Your Agent? Program and tools.
Our shared mission is helping adults get equal access to care planning information to standardized early and on-going planning conversations, and help ensure adults get timely, equitable, quality care over their lifetime. Honoring Choices does not refer or recommend any one Partner. Meet the Partners below to see what information and services may be right for you.
Meet the Partners
Consumers: Our Community Partners use the Who's Your Agent? Program to help adults make a plan and connect to care in their community. Find a Community Partner in one of our seven MA regions.
Our Alliance Partners are statewide & national groups who use the Who's Your Agent? Program to train staff to confidently engage adults in conversations, help adults make a plan, and connect to local resources. We work on joint projects for systems change.
Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group
Our Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group, brings together individuals, consumer groups & advocates to elevate the consumer voice and drive the agenda for meaningful program and policy change. Everyone is welcome!
New England Collective
Our New England Healthy Living Collective are leaders in 6 states providing state-specific planning documents and working to improve cross-state care and honoring care choices no matter where you live or travel.
Transform Health Care Planning.
Advance Healthy Equity.
Honoring Choices Massachusetts (HCM) is changing the way we engage in health care planning as a process to get good care TODAY and everyday over your lifetime. Our Who's Your Agent? Program, a structured approach to health care planning based on Massachusetts law, recognizes the right of every individual to direct their care decisions, regardless of age, race, culture, health condition or range of abilities to make decisions.
Every adult, with or without support, can start a simple conversation to express their care choices and preferences with the Getting Started Tool Kit. When ready, adults can proceed at their own pace to build on their conversations with the Next Steps Tool Kit, to help manage changing health needs and chronic illness and live well with serious illness. Both consumers and care providers use the Who's Your Agent? Program's tool kits and conversation guides for effective conversations to help ensure adults can access care that honors their goals and care choices to improve everyday health outcomes and plan for future care.
Guided by diverse consumer voices and the collective expertise of the HCM Partners, we are taking action to transform the planning process to improve health outcomes, address policies and programs to advance health equity, and build more responsive care delivery systems. Here's are some of our exciting initiatives-
- Lifetime Health Care Planning Roadmap: A Guide to Planning at Every Phase of Health
- A trusted source of curated information based on MA law, which includes free downloadable tools and links to useful resources.
- Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group
- Elevating the consumer voice to help set the agenda for meaningful change. Everyone is welcome!
- Ensuring Protections & Improving Care for Seriously Ill Adults
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