North Shore Partners

  • Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann
  • All Care Hospice
  • Mark Armstrong, Attorney-at–Law P.C.
  • Beverly Hospital
  • Beverly Medical Associates
  • Billerica Public Library
  • Care Dimensions
  • Circle Home, Home Health & Hospice Care
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Greater Lynn Senior Services
  • Greater North Shore Link
  • Independent Living Center of the North Shore & Cape Ann, Inc.
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Rabbi Carol Mitchell, Hospice Chaplain
  • MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Tufts Medicine
  • McDevitt Consulting
  • Pepperall Council on Aging
  • Right at Home Boston and North
  • Riverside Care Advisors
  • Seacoast Senior Resources
  • Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Senior Care Inc.
  • Stonebridge at Burlington
  • Tina Waugh, MD; Family Medicine Associates,PC
  • Winchester Hospital

Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann

Carrie Johnson, Coordinator, Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann

978-281-1750 | 866-927-1050 (Toll Free)

We are delighted to partner with Cape Ann Virtual Senior Center (CAVSC) which supports partners SeniorCare Inc., Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, Essex Council on Aging, Gloucester Council on Aging, Manchester Council on Aging, and Rockport Council on Aging. Working with Carrie Johnson, Coordinator, Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, Honoring Choices taped our popular consumer webinar "Now's the Time. Make Your own Care Plan" to be broadcast repeatedly on their local cable channel.  It's a great way to reach a diverse, multi-town audience to offer easy and equal access to free planning documents to make a personal care plan. read more here.

All Care Hospice

781 598-2454

All Care Hospice, located in Lynn, specializes in providing a full continuum of in-home services through its VNA, Hospice and Private Care Services which supports independence, safety and caring.  From skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy to hospice care and palliative care to private services, All Care offers solutions, resources and assistance to each patient and family ensuring quality of life at every phase of need. All Care’s  mission is to provide the highest quality, cost-effective health care to adults on the North Shore, Eastern MA, Greater Boston & Merrimack Valley.

Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong, Attorney-at–Law P.C.


Attorney Mark ArmstrongAttorney Mark Armstrong assists adults with various legal issues and offers full representation in Special Needs Planning, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Probate, Family Law, and general legal matters. Attorney Armstrong offers help with completing a Durable Power of Attorney as a single document within a health care plan, at a cost to be negotiated privately by the client and the attorney. Attorney Armstrong will also work in collaboration with other Community Partners to offer services to complete a Durable Power of Attorney and/or other planning documents, and is available to help with other planning services as well. Attorney Armstrong comments, “I am privileged to partner with Honoring Choices Massachusetts in supporting personal choice in medical and legal matters. The Honoring Choices model is in alignment with attorney-client conversations regarding issues surrounding incapacity, life planning, and the effect client decisions can have on families.” Attorney Armstrong helps clients in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Appointments are available at his office or other more convenient location.

Beverly Hospital

Shirley Conway

Honoring Choices Site Coordinator

Martha Anastas, Center for Healthy Aging

Beverly Hospital logoCaring for a spouse or aging parent with memory loss and/or behavioral health problems can be stressful and confusing.  At the Center for Healthy Aging, we are dedicated to providing the combined medical care and support services that you and your loved one needs.  The Center is a multi-disciplinary, outpatient clinic providing psychological assessment and counseling, memory loss and driving assessments and assessing your loved one for balance and falls risk.  The Center is conveniently located in Gloucester at Addison Gilbert Hospital and at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers. Read more here.


Beverly Medical Associates

Deborah Shih, MD, Internal Medicine, Site Medical Director

Beverly Medical Associates, BI/Lahey Primary Care

30 Tozer Road Suite 203

Beverly, MA 01915

Call 978-712-1100

Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care & Specialty Care, Beverly Medical Associates is a multispecialty practice providing quality Primary and Specialty care to Beverly and surrounding communities.  The Beverly Medical Associates practice became part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health system in April of 2021, however they were originally The Medical Group, which served the local community for over 40 years. Their providers are trained in Internal Medicine, Nephrology (Renal) and Cardiology. Read more here.

Billerica Public Library

Lizzie Meier

Community Services and Adult Programming Librarian

The Billerica Public Library is a dynamic force in literacy and learning through free and open access to diverse materials, innovative technology and programs that provide cultural and educational experiences, along with a capable and approachable staff to support users.  It is the FIRST public library to partner with Honoring Choices to offer free, health care planning information and to host a consumer focused webinar "What's in Your Health Care Plan?" The Billerica Public Library strives to provide responsive library service to its residents, through free access to diverse materials, programs and information. The library  is currently facilitating a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners which will provide community members with programming and library materials about healthy aging. For more information about this grant, please see our Health and Wellness Programming page here, or call Lizzie Meier, the Community Services and Adult Programming Librarian, at 978-671-0948 ext. 4113.


Care Dimensions

Stephanie Patel, MD, MBA, FAAHPM, HMDC

President & Chief Executive Officer

888- 283-1722

Care Dimensions is largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts (North Shore, Metrowest-Boston and South Shore).  Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients – in their homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals or at our two inpatient hospice facilities, the new Care Dimension Hospice House in Lincoln, on the Waltham line, or at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.


Circle Home, Home Health & Hospice Care

Diane Farraher-Smith, Executive Director


Circle Home logoCircle Home (formerly the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell) provides home health care and hospice services for people of all ages and neighborhoods in Greater Lowell, Greater Lawrence, and southern New Hampshire. They offer care at home for people who are expected to fully recover from an illness or injury, for people who need treatment and teaching to manage a lifelong chronic disease, and for people with advanced illness who are seeking a peaceful life closure. Services include specialty nursing, rehabilitation therapies, medical social services, and home health aide assistance. Hospice and a palliative care team provides care for people with advanced illness, with support for their family caregivers. Circle Home’s community wellness services include free “drop in” senior health clinics, fall prevention clinics, presentations to community groups, and collaborations with others in community health activities. Please contact Eileen Malloy for further information at

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Joan Hatem-Roy
Chief Executive Officer


Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. is a private non-profit agency founded by local advocates in 1974 to provide resources, information and services for elders and adults with disabilities who reside in 23 cities and towns within the Merrimack Valley. The agency’s goal is to enable individuals to maintain their independence and promote good health and wellbeing.  We have a variety of services and programs to support people and their wish to remain living safely and securely in the community.  We are respected as a leader in the field of elder care and demonstrate our commitment to older adults through our advocacy, education efforts and innovative services.  Each day over 8,000 elders receive services or support from programs either managed or funded by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley (ESMV). Most of our programs and services are targeted to elders in the greatest economic and social need. We have trained over 110 ESMV staff as Health Care Planning Ambassadors.

Greater Lynn Senior Services

Stephen Galante, LSW
Assistant Director, New Initiatives


Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) is the nonprofit Aging Services Access Point and Area Agency on Aging has been serving people age 60 and older and adults living with disabilities in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott, MA. GLSS serves over 4000 people every day with its consumer focused approach to promoting good health and well-being, providing meals, transportation, and home care services, and creating more livable communities for all. Among its many programs, GLSS offers the innovative Kiosks for Living Well, which are mobile, welcoming and colorful physical spaces that easily embed in places where folks in the community naturally go, like community centers, health centers, housing complexes, and so forth.  Building on the concept of a “health center without walls”, the Kiosks incentivize consumers to become more engaged in health self-management by offering them easy access to a fun and comprehensive virtual technology (iN2L) as well as to nurses, social workers, falls prevention specialists, and peer advisors-right there at the site!—who deliver health education and monitoring supports in ways that “painlessly” help improve health behaviors  and overall health outcomes.  It’s a one-stop health education marketplace!

Greater North Shore Link

Patricia Cox

Greater North Shore Link LogoThe mission of Greater North Shore Link (formerly the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore (ADRCGNS)) is to create a single, coordinated system of information and access for all persons seeking long-term services and supports, regardless of age, disability or income. The Greater North Shore Link uses the “No Wrong Door” approach so that all ADRCGNS, Inc. participating partner organizations serve as highly visible and trusted places people can turn for information on the full range of long-term support options.

Independent Living Center of the North Shore & Cape Ann, Inc.



Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. LogoThe Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, (ILCNSCA) is a service and advocacy center run by and for people with disabilities. ILCNSCA supports the struggle of people who have disabilities to live independently and participate fully in community life. “We welcome people of any age, with any type of disability, who live and work or wants to live and work in the 25 communities between Melrose and Rockport”, says Mary Margaret Moore, Executive Director. The Center provides information and referrals to essential local, statewide and federal services and resources for individuals and their families, the general public, and representatives of human service agencies. They offer assistance with benefit application and appeal; health maintenance; emergency planning and preparedness; housing search; landlord/tenant relations; financial management; transportation access; civil rights; individual advocacy; consumer-directed Personal Assistance management tips, and whatever the person requests to reach their chosen independent living goals in their mode of communication and in their best style for learning.

Lawrence General Hosptial

Chetan Dodhia, MD

Hospitalist Medical Director

Nicole Garabedian RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Operations,

Post Acute Command incidnet Work Group

We are working with Chetan Dodhia, M.D., Hospitalist Medical Director and Post Acute Incident Command Work group as they help patients with everyday health and through the COVID-19 pandemic. We provided a “Engaging Adults in Proactive Planning Conversations from Simple to Serious Illness”, for useful strategies to open conversations and document care choices to hospitals, providing the HCM Getting Started Tool Kit to start a simple conversation, and how to flow into a what matter most conversation using the Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Conversation Guides. We are supporting their unique Post Acute Incident Command Work group, collaborating with over 30 health and community organizations, convened by Lawrence General Hospital and the Quality Improvement Organization. "The group meets efficiently twice/weekly to quickly respond to patient needs for current and potential Covid-19 surges," says  Nicole Garabedian RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Operations, Lawrence General Hospital, "establishing shared standards of care to ensure safe transitions across the continuum."  A collaborative Dashboard keeps everyone updated!   Learn more contact.

Lowell General Hospital

Beverly Robinson

Lowell General Hospital logoLowell General Hospital is partnering with Honoring Choices to enhance their commitment to inform and empower their patients and families to make a health care plan starting with a Health Care Proxy. Lowell General includes the Honoring Choices Health Care Proxy and access to other planning information into their Admissions Packet. All patients who are admitted, in extended stay in the Emergency Department and in OB/Maternity will receive the health care planning information. Lowell General is also providing the planning information to all doctors and care processionals through their intranet. Doctors and clinicians can  download the Health Care proxy and offer to patients and families.

MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Tufts Medicine

Lisa Flanagan, BSN, RN, CCM, Director of Clinical Management  Programs, Hallmark Health PHO

MelroseWakefield Healthcare's mission is to empower people to live their best lives by reimaging healthcare, advancing knowledge and pioneering discovery. MelroseWalkfield Healthcare is a coordinated system of hospitals, which includes MelroseWakefield Hospital, physician practices and community-based services providing care for communities throughout north suburban Boston. They provide a range of clinical care and services in clinical collaboration with Tufts Medical Center. We partner with Lisa Flanagan, BSN, RN, CCM, Director of Clinical Management  Programs, Hallmark Health PHO.  Together we have provided Honoring Choices Health Care Planning Ambassador training to their staff and care managers. We support their health care providers with our structured approach and tools kits to start routine health care planning conversations to provide person-directed care. MelroseWakefield Healthcare’s commitment to community is demonstrated by many local health programs throughout their service area and participation in partnerships with community agencies and events, and education programs in more than 10 communities for the wellness and health of our residents.

Rabbi Carol Mitchell

Rabbi Carol Mitchell

Individual Partner Contributor

Hospice Chaplain

Rabbi Carol MitchellRabbi Mitchell is Chaplain for Compassionate Care Hospice serving eastern Massachusetts.  She also works with assisted living facilities and local Temples counseling, leading services and holiday programs and teaching classes. For over ten years, she has spoken and taught about Jewish culture, traditions, practices and end-of-life to various organizations.  Rabbi Mitchell is active in Temple Beth Elohim’s Religious Practices and Caring Community Committees. She supports individuals and families through all life cycle events.  She is blessed in having a loving husband, four children and seven grandchildren. Rabbi Mitchell contributed an informational and heart-warming Q/A article, "The Greatest Gift: To be Comfortable and at Peace". CLICK HERE to read.

McDevitt Consulting

Julianne McDevitt, RN

978 771 3916

"I am dedicated to holding space for individuals, families and community groups open to contemplation of mortality, aging with imperfect health and planning for end of life care", says Julianne McDevitt, RN, McDevitt Consulting.  Ms. McDevitt is an End of Life Specialist offering community presentations and workshops, Care Coordination and Advance Care Planning facilitation services for individuals and families.


Pepperall Council on Aging

Beth Selinger, Outreach Coordinator

37 Nashua Road, Pepperell


The Pepperell Council on Aging is dedicated to providing services and programs for senior citizens that will promote independence, dignity, and well being. They provide a friendly gathering place for seniors in Pepperell to enjoy social, recreational, health and educational activities. They make referrals for services, home visits and provide updated information to enrich and enhance their lives. They offer fitness classes, fuel assistance, Meals on Wheels, volunteer opportunities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia referral sources, and much, much more that meet the needs of Pepperell’s older adult population. They offer free health care planning information and Massachusetts planning documents to all seniors and their families.

Right at Home Boston and North

Celeste Begley, Community Relations Director
877-500-CARE (2273)
Right at Home Boston and North, is owned and operated by Rosaleen Doherty, CEO and Jay Kenney, COO. "We are passionate about adding a personal approach to every client relationship, and firmly believe that every individual should have the option to age in place of their own choice." For the last sixteen years, they have provided customized, professional, nurse-managed in-home care service to seniors and disabled adults in the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston areas. Right at Home Boston and North provides companionship and homemaking, personal care, transportation, and end of life supportive care through our trained, professional and compassionate caregivers. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for those they serve.

Riverside Care Advisors

Jennifer Pilz, MPT, CMC Aging Life Care Professional and CEO

Riverside Care Advisors is a nationally certified care management company serving clients in the Merrimack Valley, North Shore of Boston, and the New Hampshire Seacoast. Riverside Care Advisors provides advocacy and coaching for those trying to manage the fragmented care systems of elder care or disability services.  Their team offers expert guidance to clients, families, and decision makers regarding care recommendations, assistance with long term care and guardianship, dementia support, crisis intervention and other decisions related to aging and/or disability.

Seacoast Senior Resources

Celeste Ricci–Trahan, LICSW


Seacoast Senior Resources“Navigating the waters of today health care system with a senior who is working to maintain their independence can be difficult journey”, says Celeste Ricci–Trahan, LICSW, Seacoast Senior Resources. “Whether the elder wants to stay at home or seek a more accommodating living environment, these delicate conversations with family can often be assisted by a professional who can not only provide essential information but can act in a mediation capacity if needed.” As a Geriatric Care Manager with thirty years experience in the health care field, Ms. Ricci–Trahan helps families assess an elder’s physical, medical, cognitive, emotional and social needs, and develops a customized plan to best meet those needs. “The discussion will always start and focus around the individual’s wishes, but would also be open to all loved ones expressing concerns regarding this process”, says Ms. Ricci–Trahan. Seacoast Senior Resources is located on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and provides services to Massachusetts adults and families on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley.

Seasons Hospice & Palliatve Care

1 (855) 812-1136


Seasonal Hospice and Palliative Care, mission is to engender hope in the lives of its patients and their family members at the end of life. Located in Norwood and Burlington, Season’s offers 24 hours care and can provide regular visits by registered hospice nurses with specialized training and expertise in pain and symptom management, visits by hospice aides to provide additional personal care and attention, spiritual and alternative psychosocial support for patients and families,  and much more. The Season’s staff have become Health Care Planning Ambassadors to start meaningful planning conversation with adults and families. You can read more here.

SeniorCare Inc.

Scott Trenti, Executive Director

978-281-1750 or 866-927-1050 (Toll Free)

Senior Care LogoSeniorCare Inc, located in Gloucester, provides a one-stop portal for information and services to elders and adults with disabilities on the Greater North Shore and Cape Ann. SeniorCare provides many essential services for seniors including homecare, protective services, transportation, money management, benefits specialist, Medicare & Medicaid insurance counseling, caregiver support, nutrition, and preventative health services. In addition, SeniorCare coordinates the Meals on Wheels program, feeding over 500 frail, homebound seniors each week. Senior Care is a federally designated Area Agency on Aging, and a state designated Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and serves nine communities: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.

Stonebridge at Burlington

Stonebridge at Burlington“Live Well and Love Life is not just our mission, but our everyday commitment to empower adults to understand and make health care choices that are right for that person as an individual,” says Mary Lou Doyle, Executive Director of Stonebridge. “Being a part of Honoring Choices helps us guide our residents in communicating those choices to their families and care providers for the best life possible.” Stonebridge at Burlington is the first assisted living community to fully implement the Honoring Choices ‘Who’s Your Agent?’ program, to help adults open the door to health care planning conversations for everyday wellness and person centered care. Stonebridge is part of The Northbridge Companies, based in Burlington, which owns or manages 11 senior living residences in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Stonebridge at Burlington offers independent living, assisted living, and the Avita Program for those with memory impairment. As a Community Partner, Stonebridge’s Resident Care Director, Kristen Alcorn, RN, and her nursing team, make care planning a routine part of the assessment process when a resident first arrives at Stonebridge. The goal is to let residents know about their rights and the benefits of customizing their personal plans in regards to how they live, and how they are cared for.

Dr. Tina Waugh, Family Medicine Associates, PC

Dr. Tina Waugh

Beverly, MA

(978) 927-7727

Dr. Tina Waugh Family Medical AssociatesDr. Tina Waugh, a family practice practitioner and primary care physician, helps to run a busy and diverse family practice group in Beverly with Dr. Gregory Snyder and Dr. Gail Ellis. Dr. Waugh makes health care planning a routine part of her practice because, as she says, “I see it as part of my checklist at the physical exam- check the vital signs, any changes in the family’s medical history, diet, exercise,”and I also ask, “have you done health care planning? ” Dr. Waugh has this conversation with every patient, 18 years old and older, at their annual physical examination. Choosing to make this conversation a routine part of the annual exam is rooted in Dr. Waugh’s strongly held belief “that every patient should have a Health Care Proxy, so I know who you want me to talk to if I can’t speak to you myself.” She also believes that by talking about this during every physical exam, the topic becomes something that patients expect her to talk about, and feel comfortable bringing up at other visits if they feel the need to. Dr. Waugh welcomes patient questions about making a health care plan and their preferences and choices for care. She talks with each patient about where to find planning documents like a Health Care Proxy and personal directive, and how to fill them out. Patients back bring the completed documents and Dr. Waugh scans a copy into their medical records.  She checks with the patient to see if there have been any changes in their medical condition or preferences for future care, and if so “we can make changes and keep the documents very current.”

Winchester Hosptial

Karen Keany

Winchester  MA


Winchester Hospital logoWinchester Hospital is committed to providing it’s staff and patients with health care planning information and planning tools to ensure everyone gets the best possible person-centered care at every phase of health.  Karen Keaney, Director of Emergency Services, is the Honoring Choices site coordinator, helping to educate the dedicated care professionals & staff. We are also working with Sue Mizer, Director of Oncology Service Line at the Center for Cancer Care,  and John Davis an ACO Social Worker  who engages patients  and families in discussion about health care planning.