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! 


Choose a Health Care Agent in a Massachusetts Health Care Proxy.

Completing a document.

Talk with your family. Write down your choices for care in a Personal Directive.

Talking to a doctor.

Talk with your doctors & care providers to align 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

Getting Started Video Tool KitYou 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!


Here's a quick road map for making your own plan!

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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)

No Agent? No Problem!

Not sure who to choose as your Agent? Sometimes it's hard to do. It's no problem- you can start to make your plan with a Personal Directive (Living Will).  Listen to this video- then go right to Step 2. (Time: 1:32)

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)

Step 3. Talk with your care providers to match care to your choices.

  •  Learn how to start a planning discussion to match the best possible care to your care goals, values & choices. The 5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers handy discussion guide, and put your plan into action!  (Time: 5:58)

Download & print the entire toolkit.