Health Care Planning Ambassador Program

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Health Care Planning Ambassadors start powerful care planning discussions with family, friends, community members and patients- everyone in your community.

Anyone can be an Ambassador to help adults make a health care plan within their own language, culture and ability.

 

 

Ambassadors are volunteers, community members and health care professionals who receive training to-

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ENGAGE

Help adults make a care plan and complete a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive.

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LISTEN

Learn about the real life barriers & challenges adults face in getting good care.

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CONNECT

Open pathways to help adults connect to care and put their plan into action.

Meet the Health Care Planning Ambassadors

Ambassadors start person-to-person planning discussions and host fun & informational community events. Over 100 Ambassadors are helping adults complete a Health Care Proxy,  Personal Directive and get connected to care in their community.

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Photo of an Ambassador from Northborough"I’ve always been a proponent of emergency preparedness for my family and community. It seems to me that having Health Care Proxies and Personal Directives within my family, and being an Ambassador to my community, is a natural and sensible extension of that." 

Randy, Northborough Senior Center

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"We are happy to be working together as Ambassadors to help our North Shore community members.  We assist adults & families in making a plan, and connecting them to the essential care and services they need."

Candy Natti, RN, Lauren Gailitis,
Kaye Hapshe, LSW; SeniorCare, Gloucester

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"Everyone gets sick or injured- even at my age. It's important to have an advocate — a Health Care Agent — to help you get the care you want. I tell my friends, family and my fellow nurses, it's easy to do with the Honoring Choices documents."

Jack, Emergency Dept. & ICU Nurse, Boston

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Photo of the three ambassadors"We are excited to host "Pizza & Proxy" events to bring our residents together to learn how to protect their rights, and write down their care choices in a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive."

Lynne, Wesmyne, and
Yetsenaira "Jessie", Clarendon Hill Towers, Somerville

Join Us: Upcoming Events & Workshops

Here are some of the Ambassador community events and professional workshops. Please contact the group to register and learn more.

"Honoring Choices Wednesday", Sept. 16, 12:30pm, at the Rockport Council on Aging, presented by Ambassadors from SeniorCare.

"What's in Your Plan?" Ambassador Workshop for UMass Graduate School of Nursing, Sept. 26, 12noon-1pm , RSVP 508-856-5755.

 

"Train-the-Trainer Ambassador Workshop", MA Conference United Church of Christ. Nov.1, 12Noon-1:30, All UCC church members welcome! RSVP 508-875-5233.

"What's in Your Plan?, Oct 11, 11am-12 noon, at the Boylston Library. Hosted by Boylston Council on Aging.  All community members welcome. RSVP 508 869-6022.

Become an Ambassador. Here's how it works:

SPOTLIGHT: Ambassador Programs

Ambassadors host "Pie & Proxy" and "Pancakes & Proxy" Events

This Fall, the Ambassadors are celebrating the season with fun and informational community  and staff events. Expanding on their very popular "Pizza & Proxy" events, Ambassadors have added:

  • "Pie & Proxy" events with Apple Pie (or your favorite pie) and a free Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive. Share recipes and enjoy a sweet or savory pie;
  • "Pancakes & Proxy" for Saturday and Sunday events. Add a Pancake Breakfast to the fall calendar and provide a free Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive.

Honoring Choices provides the Health Care Planning Ambassadors with everything they need to host an event including a sample newsletter announcement, posters, a slide presentation and downloadable tool kits. To learn more or to host an event in your community, please contact Denise Skrocki, Program Director. skrockid@gmail.com

Photo of the three ambassadorsWelcome to Our Newest Ambassadors

Ambassadors Lynne Booth, Wesmyne Faustin, Yetsenaira "Jessie" Alvira (picture here, left to right)  attended the Metrowest-Boston Ambassadors Workshop to bring the program to the residents at Clarendon Hill Towers, Somerville. They discoverer that many of the residents did not have information about a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive. Some of their seniors residents do not have family members, and had not talked to anyone about what was important to them and their choices for care. Armed with the  training and tools, the 3 Ambassadors are hosting multiple "Pizza & Proxy Parties" for adults & families in May. They are excited to get started, and Ms. Booth put it well saying... "we can't wait to make a difference".

Daughter Emily hugs mom.Belmont and Watertown Council on Aging(COA) co-host the Metrowest-Boston Ambassador Workshop

Lil Hartman, Belmont COA Director, and Anne-Marie Gagnon, Watertown COA Director co-hosted an interested and diverse group at the Belmont COA for our Metrowest- Boston  Ambassador Workshop. In attendance were seniors who wanted to start their health care plan, seniors who become Ambassadors to help others make a plan, and care providers from all over the region who came to start an Ambassador Program at their organization. There was a wonderful feeling of working together and moving forward to help all seniors make a plan to improve healthy living. Thank you Lil and Anne-Marie!

Photo of Health Care AmbassadorsSouth Shore Partners & Friends Gather to become Ambassadors

Care providers from all over the South Shore who help senior community, came together for lively discussion and train-the-trainer workshop to bring the Ambassador Program to their local organizations. Many of those in attendance become Ambassadors themselves!  A great day- thank you to Colleen Ferguson, Executive Director,Village at Proprietors Green, Lynda Chuckran, Welsh Senior Living, and Carol Corio,Old Colony Palliative Care & Hospice for their continued commitment to our shared mission of helping seniors and their families live their best lives.

Photo of Ambassador leading a group discussionNorthborough Seniors: "What's in Your Plan?"

The Northborough Senior Center, an Honoring  Choices Community Partner,  hosted a "What's in Your Plan?" presentation for their community.  Randy Cumming, the Northborough Ambassador, led the presentation and invited comments to get the conversation started.  The attendees were enthusiastic about the getting first-hand information from a fellow community member, and the opportunity to have a discussion of this important topic. They all received planning documents to get started on making their own health care plan. Randy says that being an trained Ambassador allows him to help others as a "sensible part of emergency preparedness" for his family and for his community.

"Pizza & Proxy Party" hosted by Hudson Senior Center Ambassadors

"Our first Pizza and Proxy Party was  a lot of fun and well received," says Janice Long, Executive Director, Hudson Senior Center. "We had a great turnout of community seniors and first-time younger seniors."  The group enjoyed local pizza and viewed an informational slide presentation on how to make their own health care plan. Ambassadors shared their personal stories and listened to some of the road blocks and concerns of their fellow community members. Everyone was grateful to receive a "Getting Started Tool Kit'. Some adults were ready to fill out a Health Care Proxy and have it witnessed by fellow seniors at the event. A few participants comments included:

  • " I learned to carefully choose an person to be my Agent and to be sure we talk first about what I want for care to make sure my Agent can do that for me."
  • "I did my Health Care Proxy years ago at a hospital. Now I wonder if they still have it. I  learned I need to keep my original copy for my personal records, so I can make changes if I need to and share it with others."
  • "I am not sure who to pick as my Agent, so I am starting with the Personal Directive to write down what I want for care in case of an emergency."

Photo of 10 adults at recent Honoring Choices Ambassador training.Four Community Partners host a joint Ambassador Workshop!

Hudson Senior Center, Marlborough Council on Aging,  Northborough Senior Center and Arthur P. Bergeron, Elder Law Attorney, Mirick O’Connell, Westborough are working together to promote access to information and healthy living for all adults & families in their region. They invited interested volunteers from their organizations to become Ambassadors at the Marlborough Senior Center. Ambassadors will help adults in their community exercise their right to make a health care plan with free information and tools,  talk about the challenges and barriers adults face in getting timely, affordable good care, and help connect adults to needed care and services to improve everyday healthy living. Many thanks to Janice Hudson, Executive Director, Hudson Senior Center; Trisha Pope, Executive Director, Marlborough Council on Aging, Kelly Burke, Executive Director,  Northborough Senior Center, and Arthur P. Bergeron, Elder Law Attorney, Mirick O’Connell, Westborough.