Quick Start: Take Control. Make Your Plan!
Appoint a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy. No Agent? No problem — just start your plan with a Personal Directive.
Your Health Care. Your Choice.
It's more important than ever! Make a plan for better care over your lifetime.
Take Control of Your Health Care
Starting at 18 years old, you can take control of your health care decisions to get the best possible care over your lifetime.
Honoring Choices helps adults make a personal plan and work in partnership with care providers to match good care to your goals, values and choices.
Make Your Own Plan
Our signature Who's Your Agent? Program provides easy to use tool kits and multilingual planning documents to start to make your own care plan.
Get Help: Meet our Amazing Partner Network
The Honoring Choices Community Partners engage adults in planning conversations and connect adults to needed care and services in their community. Working in partnership with your care providers helps get you good care right now and as your health needs and care choices change.
Transforming Health Care Planning. Advancing Health Equity
Guided by the inclusive voices of consumers and the Honoring Choices Partners, together we are transforming health care planning, addressing barriers and improving access to timely, equitable care. Join us!
Make Your Own Plan
Honoring Choices provides a simple structured approach to health care planning which uses an inclusive process and our signature Who’s Your Agent?® Program. Consumers and health care providers use the same structured approach for early and on-going conversations in order to provide timely care over an adult's lifetime.
Our Health Care Planning Process empowers adults to make a personal roadmap that includes both:
- Everyday Care Planning, to talk with care providers about your goals and care choices to stay healthy and improve well-being; and,
- Advance Care Planning, to write down your goals and care choices in the 5 MA planning documents which communicate your choices if you are not able to yourself.
Our signature Who’s Your Agent?® Program provides information and two easy to use tool kits:
- Getting Started Tool Kit, to start to make your plan; and,
- Next Steps Tool Kit, to build on your plan as health needs and care choices change over time.
A good place to start is with the Getting Started Tool Kit. Download the tool kits in English below, or use individual planning documents in multiple languages.
The Getting Started Tool Kit is an 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 treatment choices to stay healthy and live well over your lifetime.
Get Help: Meet the Partners
Our Partners help adults make a plan and connect to care in their community.
The Honoring Choices MA (HCM) Partners Network is a collaborative team of hundreds of health care providers, local community organizations, and state and membership organizations and consumers.
- The Community Partners, Alliance Partners and New England Partners below are care providers and community professionals helping to standardize health care planning across the Commonwealth and beyond.
- The Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group below elevates the voice of adults, families, caregivers and advocates to inform and guide program and policy change.
Transform Health Care. Advance Healthy Equity
Honoring Choices is changing the way we think about health care planning. Our Who's Your Agent Program helps adults start early goals of care planning discussions with care providers to receive quality care aligned with their goals and care choices. Planning offers adults and their care providers a roadmap to promote wellness, manage chronic illness as we age, and live well with serious illness.
The Honoring Choices Partners work together to advance health equity and remove barriers to care based on language, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and age. The Partners are actively addressing social determinants in their community that negatively impact health.
Guided by the voices of adults and families in our Consumer Health Equity Advisory Group, and the shared expertise of our Partner Network, we are working to change our systems and forge new pathways for timely, equitable, person-directed care. Learn more by clicking on the buttons below.