Who's Your Agent?® Program & Tool Kits

Open the door to health care planning. Who's your Agent?

Maggie is a Health Care Agent for her neighbor Jean

Maggie and her neighbor Jean

Two friends are Health Care Agents for eachother

Jenny and her friend Kate

Peter and his son Jack are Health Care Agents for each other.

Peter and his son Jack

Daughter Emily hugs mom.

Emily and her daughter Rose

Cathy and her husband Tom are Agents for eachother

Cathy and her husband Tom

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.

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!

Getting Started Tool Kit

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Start your plan. It's as simple as 1-2-3!

  1. Choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy
  2. Talk with your family. Write down your care choices in a Personal Directive
  3. 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.

Speech Bubble Icon says MA Law "Every competent adult shall have the right to appoint a health care agent by executing a health care proxy".
Read this law on the official MA website

Next Steps Tool Kit

Mother and daughter Agents hug.

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
  • ŸMake choices for Hospice Care

Get help to start your health care plan

Doctor at desk with patient sharing information.

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!

Speech Bubble Icon says MA Law "Every competent adult shall have the right to appoint a health care agent by executing a health care proxy".
Read this law on the official MA website