Who's Your Agent?® Program & Tool Kits
Open the door to health care planning. Who's your Agent?
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Starting at 18 years old, every competent adult can exercise their right to direct their health care choices and make a plan. You or a loved one can start to make a plan with one simple question — "Who's Your Agent?" It can open the door to early and lifelong health care planning discussions with your family and doctors. The Who's Your Agent?® Program & Tool Kits give you everything you need to make your own personal plan!
Here's how it works:
It's easy to start your plan and write down your choices for care with our do-it-yourself tool kits:
- Getting Started — to start planning discussions and choose a Health Care Agent; and
- Next Steps — to build on your discussions as your health needs and choices change all through your life
Each tool kit includes all the information, documents and discussion guides found in the 3-Step Planning Guide. Download the free kits below.
Getting Started Tool Kit
Start your plan. It's as simple as 1-2-3!
- Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy
- Talk with your family. Write down your care choices in a Personal Directive
- Talk with your doctors & care providers. Use the 5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers discussion guide to put your plan into action.
Next Steps Tool Kit
Build on your plan.
- Use the 5 Things To Talk About With Your Care Providers guides to build on your discussions:
- Managing Health & Chronic Illness
- Living with Serious Advancing Illness
- Palliative Care
- Appoint a financial decision-maker in a Durable Power of Attorney
- Manage the pain & symptoms of serious illness with Palliative Care
- Make choices for life-sustaining treatment & end of life care:
- Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, MOLST
- Comfort Care / Do Not Resuscitate Order, CC/DNR
- Make choices for Hospice Care
Get help to start your health care plan
You can get some help to start a planning discussion with doctors and community care providers. Here are two ways:
- Download a tool kit and call your doctor or care provider. Ask to make an appointment to have an "advanced care planning discussion." Many doctors are now scheduling separate appointments to have a planning discussions. Bring your tool kit to ask questions that are important to you, and give your completed documents to your doctor to scan into your medical record.
- Contact an Honoring Choices Community Partner in your area. The Community Partners use the Who's Your Agent?® Program & Tool Kits. They can help you start a planning discussion, make a personal plan, and provide or refer adults to care that aligns with their health needs and choices. Click on the button below to view the partners in your neighborhood.
Did You Know?
A Health Care Agent protects your right to get the care you want — not just at the end of life, but all through your life!