Everyone's on a health care journey to get the best care.

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Every journey need a health care plan.

Every adult, 18 years old & older, has the right to direct their own health care choices and write down their choices in a health care plan (plan).  Your plan is your personal road map to get the best possible care at every phase of your health care journey.

Why make a plan?

Accidents and illness are just part of everyday life and can happen at any age. Having a written health care plan can:

  • Protect your right to get the care you want
  • Tell your family what's important to you and how best to care for you
  • Help your health care providers match quality care to your care goals, values and choices.

What's in your plan?

Here are the 5 care planning documents we use in Massachusetts to write down your instructions and care choices. If you are unable to make decisions for yourself, even for a short while, your documents give your Agent, family and health care providers important information about the care you want. Start with one document, add to, and update your plan over time.

Health Care Proxy form

Health Care Proxy

Choose a trusted person to be your Health Care Agent (Agent), and give your Agent the power to make health care decisions in a Health Care Proxy.

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Personal Directive Form

Personal Directive (Living Will)

Write down what's important to you and give your Agent, family & care providers instructions about the care you want.

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DPoA Form

Durable Power of Attorney

Choose a trusted person to make financial decisions for you and manage your money and estate, and pay for the care you need.

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MOLST Form

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Seriously ill or frail patients talk with their clinicians about their treatment decisions; clinicians record in a MOLST form.

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CC/DNR Form

Comfort Care / Do Not Resuscitate Order

Seriously ill or frail patients talk to their clinicians and choose not to be resuscitated; clinicians record in a CC/DNR form.

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How do you make a plan?

Health care planning is not one document or one conversation, but a dynamic process of thinking about what's right for you, talking with your family and health care providers, and writing down your care choices. It's both an everyday care planning with your care providers to promote wellness, and an advance care planning to plan for future care.

A good place to start is with the 3-Step Health Care Planning Guide to think about where you are on your health care journey, and make some choices for care. When you are ready to write down your choices, use the single health care planning documents above, or the Who's Your Agent?® Tool Kits to make your personal plan. You can start anywhere that's right for you:

3-Step Health Care Planning Guide

Step 1:
EXPLORE
Make Care Choices

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Step 2:
PLAN
Write Down Choices

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Step 3:
CONNECT
Honor Your Choices

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THINK. Take a moment to view the simple step-by-step planning process to make a plan and connect to care:

  • Explore: Consider up-to-date information to make care choices;
  • Plan: Write down your choices using 5 MA planning documents;
  • Connect: Learn how to put your plan into action to get quality care that honors your choices today and everyday!

Who's Your Agent?® Program & Tool Kits

Getting Started
Tool Kit

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Next Steps
Tool Kit

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WRITE: The Who's Your Agent?® Program takes all the information in the 3-Step Planning Guide and puts it into 2 easy-to-use tools kits,

  • Getting Started: includes a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive (Living Will)
  • Next Steps: includes information on DPOA, MOLST & CC/DNR

When you are ready, just download the free tool kits.

3-Step Health Care Planning Guide

Step 1: EXPLORE  | Make Care Choices

Step 2: PLAN  |  Write Down Choices

Step 3: CONNECT  |  Honor Your Choices

Take a moment to view the simple step-by-step planning process. It helps you explore up-to-date information to make care choices, view the 5 MA planning documents to write down your choices, and learn how to put your plan into action to get quality care that honors your choices today and everyday!

Who's Your Agent?® Program & Tool Kits

Getting Started Tool Kit  |  Next Steps Tool Kit

The Who's Your Agent?® Program takes all the information in the 3-Step Planning Guide and puts it into 2 easy-to-use tools kits, "Getting Started" and "Next Steps". When you are ready to write down your choices for care, just download the free tool kits.