Getting Started Tool Kit
Make your own health care plan with a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Who's Your Agent?
Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy.
What Matters Most?
Write down your care choices in a Personal Directive.
Talk About Your Care.
Talk with your care providers to match care to your choices.
This do-it-yourself tool kit provides easy step by step instructions to start to make your personal health care plan. You can do one step at a time or complete all three steps. The tool kit includes helpful information, a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive, and handy discussion guides to talk with your family and care providers about your care choices. The Health Care Proxy Instructions & Document is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Khmer, Albanian, and Arabic. Download here.
Getting Started Tool Kit Video Series
You can listen & watch the video series to make your own plan.
• A good place to start is with the Overview.
• Then go to Step 1 and follow the video series, or start with any video that's right for you.
• Download & print the tool kit. Fill out the documents and put your plan into action!
Step 1. Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy.
There are two videos in Step 1:
- How to Choose a Heath Care Agent. Learn who you can choose, what an Agent does, and when your Agent steps-in to get you care. (Time: 7:38)
- How to Fill Out Your Health Care Proxy. Once you choose your Agent, give your Agent the legal power to make health care decisions in a MA Health Care Proxy. (Time: 8:33)
Step 2. Talk with family about your care choices. Write down your choices in a Personal Directive.
- How to Fill Out Your Personal Directive (Living Will). Learn how to start a planning discussion with your family, friends or anyone important to you. Fill our your Personal Directive to give others information and instructions about your care. (Time: 8:18)