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
The Getting Started Tool Kit makes it 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 talk about your care goals and choices to stay healthy and live well with illness over your lifetime.
Health Care Planning Tool Kits & Webinars
Our signature Who’s Your Agent?® Program provides a step-by-step approach to health care planning over your lifetime. It includes the Getting Started and Next Steps tool kits and informative "how-to" webinars. Consumers and health care providers use the same tool kits to understand your goals and care choices to provide better care. Download the tool kits below or individual planning documents in multiple languages.
- Getting Started Tool Kit helps you start to make your plan. It's as easy as 1-2-3! It includes-
- MA Health Care Proxy ( available in 10 languages)
- MA Personal Directive or Living Will (avaliable in 5 languages)
- "5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers" handy discussion guide.
- Next Steps Tool Kit helps you update and revise your plan. It includes-
- "5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers", Chronic Illness and Serious Illness discussion guides
- Information about a Durable Power of Attorney, Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR), and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)
- Information about Palliaitve Care and Hospice Care
How to Webinars:
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 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.
Transforming Health Care Planning. Improving Access to Care.
Honoring Choices is changing the way we think about health care planning to access everyday quality care and plan for future care. Our collaborative mission is to ensure every adult in the Commonwealth can direct their care choices to receive timely, equitable high quality care over their lifetime.
Health Care Planning Guide: A road map for good care everyday.
Our Health Care Planning Guide helps you create a personal road map to getting good care over your lifetime. This guide provides up-to-date information, multi-lingual MA documents and discussion guides that consumers and care providers can use at every phase of health to Promote Wellness & Stay Healthy, Manage Health and Chronic Illness as we age, and Live Well with Serious Illness. You can start at any point on the road map and revisit and update your plan.
Improving Systems. Protecting your Civil Rights.
The Honoring Choices Partner Network is working together to standardize health care planning for early and effective conversations to get good care. We are actively working to remove the barriers that create health disparities and improve systems to create more equitable pathways for access to needed care and services. Learn more about: