6th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month

— Join us in celebrating —

"Wellness Happens in the Community"

Help adults take charge of their health to access good care and stay healthy!

Together we can build healthier communities everywhere adults live, work, and gather.

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Every Spring, the Honoring Choices Partners come together around a shared goal of helping adults make a personal health care plan and connect to care in their community.  In celebration of April 16 National Health Care Decisions Day, you can host an activity to empower adults to make a plan and talk with their care providers to improve everyday wellness, manage chronic illness and live well with serious illness. We'll post your event below in the Spring Events Calendar.

Everyone Can Celebrate

You can host an activity anywhere adults live, work and gather. It's simple to do with our signature Who's Your Agent?® program. Adults can start to make a personal health care plan with our popular 3-step Getting Started Tool Kit and MA documents.

The Getting Started Tool Kit helps adults think about:

  1. Who's Your Agent?  Appoint a Health Care Agent in a MA Health Care Proxy;
  2. What Matters Most?  Write down your instructions for care in a MA Personal Directive (Living Will);
  3. Let's Talk About My CareTalk with your care providers to get care everyday, with the handy 5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers discussion guide.

  Host an event. Post it on the Spring Calendar!

Choose an event idea below. You can start a "Who's Your Agent?" conversation with family & friends; host a fun event for your community, staff, or employees; or educate care providers as Health Care Planning Ambassadors. We'll help you tailor the free, downloadable tools to your audience and send you 30 minute slide deck for group presentations.  Tell us how you are helping adults address the barriers to care by improving access to transportation, nutritious meals, affordable medications, and safe and stable housing. We'll post your activities on our Spring Events Calendar, March - May, so everyone can participate.  For more information, Email Ellen, ellen@honoringchoicesmass.com

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"Who's Your Agent?"

Do-it-yourself. Help others.

Use the Getting Started Tool Kit to choose a Health Care Agent  in a Health Care Proxy, and give your Agent the POWER to get you good care in a Personal Directive. You can do-it-yourself, engage adults individually or host a group session. Tools include:

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"What's in Your Plan?"

Host a community, staff or employee event

Pick a day for a fun & informative presentation. Choose an event theme, add some food, and gather your staff, employees or community members.  Start culturally sensitive conversations and use translated documents.

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Become an Ambassador

Educate Care Providers

Join the over 650 strong Ambassador Network! Care providers can become Health Care Planning Ambassadors to confidently help adults complete a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive. You provide the location; we'll provide the workshop.

  • What's an Ambassador Workshop here
  • Meet the Ambassadors! Learn more here
  • To schedule a workshop and plan April events, contact Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

More Event Ideas: Collaborating with Partners

We combined the Honoring Choices tools with some of our Partner's tools for more ways to reach your audience.

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Good Talk, Good Tools

Learn More. Joint initiative with MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care

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Cake in the Clouds

  • Make your personal plan on-line and upload to the cloud.
  • Open the Honoring Choices-Cake portal; Complete a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive
  • View Cake's end of life care materials

Learn more. Joint initiative with Cake

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The Conversation Project Tool Kits

  • Talk about end of life care

Learn more about The Conversation Project.

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Let's Talk About Palliative Care

More tools here. Joint initiative with the Northeast Greater Boston Palliative Care Collaborative

 

2020 SPRING EVENTS CALENDAR

April is our celebration month, but events happen February-May so everyone can join in.

 

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Tell us how you are celebrating and we'll post your event here!  Our Partners are already underway - view events below. 

To post your event: Email us with the event title (your choice!); date, time and place; and short description with a link to more information. Send to Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

February-March Events- Let's Get Ready

"Pie & Planning" at the Wellesley Council on Aging

 

February 4, 2020, 1:30-3:00pm

Make a plan with the Getting Started Tool Kit;

Filmed to show through April on local Cable Channel

Hosted by  Wellesley Council on Aging

Tolles Parsons Center, 500 Washington St., Wellesley MA.

 

For Community Members.  Adults will enjoy a slice of pie and receive a Getting Started Tool Kit that includes a Health Care Proxy to appoint a Health Care Agent; a Personal Directive (Living Will)  to give their Agent instructions for care; and a handy discussion guide to talk with health care providers to improve health and well-being.  Adults can exchange ideas as they hear an informative presentation and complete their Health Care Proxy if desired. Contact Amy Rose, Senior Activities Coordinator.

"Building a Healthier Community": Age-and Dementia Friendly Framingham Ambassadors

 Two middle aged women talking.February 7, 2020, 12pm- 1pm

Educate care providers as Health Care Planning Ambassadors; Ambassadors host April Community Events

Hosted by  Age Dementia Friendly Framingham (ADFF)

For ADFF Coalition & Community Members. This is our second Ambassador Workshop to enhance the knowledge and skills of the multidisciplinary coalition members. Ambassadors bring the tools back to their individual organizations to confidently start powerful person-to-person conversations and offer multi-lingual group presentations. The Ambassadors will schedule April events to help adults and families make a plan and get vital care in the Framingham community. To learn more, contact Alexandra DePalo, MPH, Assistant Director of Public Health, City of Framingham, adepalo@framinghamma.gov

"Who's Your Agent?" Program at Melrose Wakefield Hospital

Doctor listening to patient

February 13, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop;  Ambassadors will host April Events

Hosted by MelroseWakefield Hospital, proudly Wellforce

For hospital care providers. As a new Honoring Choices Community Partner, we will educate interdisciplinary providers as Ambassadors, and help staff embed the Who's Your Agent? program into their everyday workflow. Ambassadors will engage adults in planning conversations to make a personal plan. Documents will be entered into the medical record for easily retrieval to update and honor patient choices. We'll plan in April events to celebrate National Health Care Decisions Month! Contact Robin Wilson, MSN, RN, CCM at Rwilson@melrosewakefield.org

Care Dimensions Celebrates!

All of April

“Timing is Everything“ and  “Living Forever- Not an Option”; Resources in the Learning Institute.

Hosted by Care Dimensions

For consumers and care providers. To empower adults to make a plan and reach out for good care,  Care Dimensions will feature the Honoring Choices programs and tools on their cable show “Timing is Everything “ and their podcast “Living Forever- Not an Option.” Care Dimensions just launched their  Learning Institute to deliver education, workshops and resources on end-of-life topics such as hospice and palliative care, bereavement, advance care planning, and living with advanced illness. Whether you are a patient with a life-limiting illness, the loved one of a patient, a caregiver, a grieving family or a health care provider, you can  learn more and view resources. Read more here.

April Events- Let's Celebrate

"Pastries & Planning": A fun event to celebrate with your staff or community group!

Here's a idea to celebrate with your family, friends, staff, faith group and community group.

Enjoy pastries and coffee as you offer information to help adults take charge of their health care and make a personal plan. Fun and simple to do! Just use the tools offered above and we'll post your happening here if you like.  Anyone can take the lead and help empower and inform your group!

 

¿Quién es su Apoderado? - Host a "Who's Your Agent?"event for Spanish speaking adults

Icon of health care agent flexing muscleHere's an idea to reach adults & families in your community.

Our bi-lingual Partners offer culturally sensitive Who's Your Agent? presentations using our translated Health Care Proxy (9 languages), Personal Directive (Living Will) (3 languages), and flyers/posters and wallet cards. Let us know how we can tailor and translate tools to empower adults to choose a Health Care Agent and give their Agent the power to advocate for quality care that aligns with an individual's culture, beliefs, goals and care choices.  View the translated documents for free download here. Contact Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

Ambassador Workshop for Independant Living Centers, MA Rehabilitation Commission

April 10, 2020, 10:00-11:30am, Fall River, MA

Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop,  Independent Living Centers

For MRC staff. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC provides comprehensive services that maximize quality of life and economic self-sufficiency, while promoting equality, empowerment and independence of individuals with disabilities. Anna Hermann, Independent Living Programs Supervisor, is hosting an Ambassador Workshop for Independent Living Centers Care Coordinators to confidently start planning conversations  and help ensure all adults can make a personal health care plan and receive care that honors their care choices.  Read more about MRC here.

"Healthcare Planning Throughout Your Life", Mass Health & Hospital Association

Patient Care Link logoPatient Care Link provides a wealth of health care & safety information for hospitals & home care for patients, families and health care providers.  Click here to learn how to:

  • "Empower Patients to Make Health Care Choices";
  • "Care for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease";
  • "Start a Palliative Care Discussion";
  • Explore topics and tools that advance healthcare quality and safety.

PatientCareLink is a joint venture of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA)Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT, VT (ONL),  Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCA) and Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI). Massachusetts Health & Hosptial Association (MHA) and Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCA) are Honoring Choices Partners. We proudly support their work in helping all adults make a health care plan and access quality care all through their lives.

"Cake in the Clouds"

CAKE logoUse the Honoring Choices-Cake portal to create, share and store your Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive online!

Cake is an easy way to discover, store, update and share your health care planning documents and end of life care choices & preferences.  Cake, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner Cake, created an Honoring Choices-CAKE Joint Portal for easy access to the Honoring Choices Health Care Proxy and the Honoring Choices Personal Directive on the Cake website. You can fill out the documents on-line and share, update and securely store your documents in the cloud. Cake has helped thousands of individuals and organizations make planning progress not just the health care category, but also in legacy, legal/financial, and funeral considerations.

Here's how it works:

  • Create your own free personal account
  • View and download the Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive and complete online, OR
  • Upload your completed documents to your personal account
  • Access the Cake cards to create your own profile of end of life choices and preferences to store and share

May Events- The Celebration Continues...

"What's in Your Plan?" at the Norfolk Council on Aging

Photo of Health Care AmbassadorsMay 13, 2020, 2:00pm- 3:00pm

Make a plan with the Getting Started Tool Kit

Hosted by Norfolk Council on Aging/Senior Center

For Community Members.  The Norfolk Senior Center hosts our popular What's in Your Plan? community presentation. All adults receive an easy to use Getting Started Tool Kit that includes a Health Care proxy to  to appoint an Health Care Agent, and  a Personal Directive (Living Will)  to give their Agent instructions for care, and a handy discussion guide to talk with health care providers to get the care improve health and well-being.