5th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month

Let's Get Ready: Train your Staff, Free NEW Tools, Schedule your Events!

How are you celebrating? You can enhance the knowledge of your staff, and expand your reach into the community to help everyone make a health care plan! Download free posters & planning documents and host an activity for your staff, residents, congregation and community. We'll promote your events in our "2019 Event's Calendar"(see below). Last year our Partners hosted over 60 events in celebration of April 16 National Healthcare Decisions Day, starting in March and continuing into May. Here are some ideas & new tools to plan your events.

National Health Care Decisions month is celebrated by care providers

Train Your Staff as Health Care Planning Ambassadors

Enhance the knowledge & skills of your staff & colleagues to confidently help adults complete a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive (Living Will).  You provide the location; we'll provide the free training & tools.

  • Choose from two types of Ambassador Workshops: details here
  • Meet the Ambassadors! here
  • Want to Host a Workshop? Contact Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com
You give your Agent power in a health care proxy.

NEW Posters & Tools

The NEW Who's Your Agent? Poster asks a simple question to help get everyone started on making a plan. Download the multi-lingual poster, the "Getting Started Tool Kit" or single documents and discussion guides. Help adults make a plan within their language, culture and ability.

Who's Your Agent?

Schedule Your Events Today!

Our Partners & Friends plan events in  March, April and May. Pick a date that works for your staff or host a community event. We'll promote your event in the "2019 Events Calendar". Here are some of our most popular events and materials.  Just download & print.

Events Calendar illustrationNeed an Event Idea?  Here's Last Year's Events Calendar

Here's a sample of last year's events & activities.  Borrow an idea or create a unique celebration with your family, staff, congregation, patients and anyone in your community.  We'll post the  NEW 2019 Calendar of Events right here with this year's events starting March 4, 2019. Email Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com with your event information.

Join in the Events & Celebrations!

April 11, 2018 - "Who's Your Agent?" Make your Own Health Care Plan!


Photo of Health Care AmbassadorsWednesday, April 11, 9-11am, Belmont Council on Aging

Hosted by Belmont and Watertown Council on Aging(COA)

For Consumers Lil Hartman, Belmont COA Director, and Anne-Marie Gagnon, Watertown COA Director,  are co-hosting a "Who's Your Agent?" Workshop for all community members and care providers. Everyone receives a free "Getting Started Tool Kit" to make your own health care plan. Complete your Health Care Proxy on site if you like.


April 26, 2018 - "Pizza & Proxy Party" co-hosted by HESSCO & Norwood Council on Aging

Man eating pizza at a Pizza and Proxy eventThursday,  April 26, 2018 6:00-7:30pm,
Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect Street, Norwood, MA 02062

For Consumers  HESSCO and The Norwood Council on Aging invite adults to join them for pizza and learn how to choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy. Free Health Care Proxy provided! RSVP to Sheryl Leary by calling 781-784-4944 or emailing Sheryl at  SLeary@HESSCO.org

Week of April 26, 2018 - Lahey Health Information Table- Health Care Planning & Palliative Care

 Two officials at Lahey Health standing near Who's Your Agent PosterApril 21-26, 11-2pm Lahey Hosptial & Medical Center Lobby

For Consumers & Care Providers. Come drop by our Information Table in the hospital lobby and talk with Dr. Elizabeth Collins, Palliative Care Medical Director, and Bonnie Brien, NP. Pick up a free Health Care Proxy and chat about making your plan. Learn about Palliative Care to improve the quality of life for patients with serious illness.

Week of April 11 - 18 - Baystate Health Celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Week!

Bay State Health LogoFor Consumers & Care Providers  Baystate Health, an Honoring Choices Community Partner, is celebrating "National Healthcare Decisions Week" with activities for employees and consumers:


April 11th: “Who will speak for you?” with Health New England’s Medicare Advantage members and Baystate Health’s Senior Class in Holyoke.

April 12th: Health New England NHDD event for Associates

April 16th: Information Tables employees and visitors to learn more and ask questions:

April 18th: Honoring Choices Train-the-Trainer Health Care Planning Ambassador Program for all Care Providers.

March- June, 2018: Care Dimensions Cable Show: "Timing is Everything: Who's Your Agent?"

Care Dimensions logoYou Tube link:


For Consumers & Care Providers. Care Dimensions welcomes adults, families, and care providers to join them to celebrating April Healthcare Decisions Month with this informational video about The Getting Started Tool Kit. Learn how to make you own health care plan and the importance of talking with family and doctors about the kind of care you want today and everyday.

April 16, 2018 - "Wrap It Up in a Complete Package!" Open House at Village at Proprietors Green

The Village At Proprietors Green LogoMonday, April 16, 2018 OPEN HOUSE 11:00 am – 3:00 pm,  10 Village Green Way, Marshfield, MA 02050

For residents & families, all community members.   You may have heard of, or already have, a Health Care Proxy.  We can help you be sure your document is clear and up to date. Then, learn how to give your Agent (the person you have chosen to speak for you when you can’t) a priceless gift. Receive the tools you need to have the most important conversation…through creating a Personal Directive that provides your family and care providers information on what’s important to you and the kind of care you want & do not want. To learn more contact Beth Stewart at 781-834-7885, ext 151.

April 17, 2018 - "Bringing Advance Care Planning Conversations to Your Congregation

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Six Part Webinar Series Starting April 17, 2018

Hosted by The Conversation Project

For Clergy and Congregants.  Congregations are ideal settings for beginning to talk about what matters most to people when it comes to making decisions about the kind of health care they want and don't want in the face of very serious illness. Starting Tuesday, April 17, 2018, The Conversation Project's advisor to faith, Rosemary Lloyd, will host a FREE, six-part web-based course on how to infuse having conversations about crucial, values-centered health care decision-making into the life and work of faith communities. You can register for the series here. If you have any questions, please reach out to nfedna@ihi.org

May 24, 2018 -"Pizza & Proxy Party" for Residents

Photo of the three ambassadorsThursday, May 24th at 11:00AM & 6:00PM. Clarendon Hill Towers, Somerville.

For Residents.  Honoring Choices health Care Planning Ambassadors  Lynne Booth, Wesmyne Faustin, Yetsenaira "Jessie" Alvira (pictured here left-right) will host a "Pizza & Proxy Party" at 11 am and again at 6pm for residents and families at Clarendon Hill Towers, Somerville. Everyone is welcome to share pizza and hear a presentation by the Ambassadors about the importance of making your own health care plan. Residents can complete a free Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will).

April 26, 2018 - "What Matter Most: Getting Started on Your Personal Plan"

Hebrew Senior Life

Thursday, April 26, 1pm-2pm, Roslindale Synagogue, Hebrew Senior Life, Roslindale, MA

Co-Hosted by Hebrew Senior Life

For Employees.  As care professionals we know that needing acute care can happen in an instant, at any age or any phase of health. It's good to have a personal plan to protect your rights for the care you want and to help your family and doctors know and honor your care choices. Honoring Choices offers a simple structured approach to health care planning to get the best possible care today and everyday all through your lifetime. We'll review the do-it-yourself "Getting Started Tool Kit"  to start planning discussions and make care choices. Come exchange ideas and have your questions answered first-hand . Everyone will receive The Getting Started Tool Kit to celebrate National Health Care Decisions Month!


May 18, 2018 - "Talking with Primary Care Physicians About Lifelong Healthcare Planning"

Hallmark HealthFriday, May 18, 7am-8am Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Hallmark Health

For Physicians. Honoring Choices will provide a Who's Your Agent? presentation for primary care physicians and interested staff. We'll discuss incorporating a planning discussion into everyday care and a team approach to health care planning.