5th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month

 Train your Staff. Host an event using NEW Tools. Post on the "Event Calendar!

How are you celebrating? Expand your reach into your community and organization to help everyone make a health care plan!  Download free posters & planning documents and host an activity for your staff, residents, congregation and community. Train your staff as "Health Care Planning Ambassadors".  However you are celebrating, we'll promote your events in our "2019 Event's Calendar"(see below). The Honoring Choices Partners & Friends celebrate April 16 National Healthcare Decisions Day, starting in March - April-  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 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.

Host an Event. Free Tools.

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

Who's Your Agent?

Post on our "Events Calendar!"

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

Need an Event Idea? # 1: Host a "Pastries & Proxy" event!

Enjoy morning pastries and coffee, and complete a free Health Care Proxy!

We'll provide everything you need to host a event for your staff or community group.

For Everyone. Any group or organization can host an Honoring Choices "Pastries and Proxy Party" for your staff, employees, congregation or any community group.  Enjoy some luscious pastries, offer up to date information on making a plan, and give each attendee a free Getting Started Tool Kit or MA Health Care Proxy to complete on-site or take home. It's easy to do- we have a short slide presentation you can use.  Just email Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

 

Event Idea 2 : Host a "Who's Your Agent?" event!

You give your Agent power in a health care proxy.Gather your group and simply ask "Who's Your Agent?"

You can choose a Heath Care Agent and give your Agent the POWER to make decisions in a Health Care Proxy.

To Get Started: Download our NEW multi-lingual Who's Your Agent? Flyer here. Give everyone free Health Care Proxy (10 languages).

Who's Your Agent? (English)
¿Quién es su Apoderado? (Spanish)
Quem é o seu Agente? (Portuguese)

 

For Everyone. Celebrate with your group members to help everyone 18 years old/older get started on making a personal health care plan.  Host an event and use the flyer to invite your group to complete a Health Care Proxy or take one home. You can give attendees a free "Getting Started Tool Kit"(English)  or download and print the single multi-lingual Health Care Proxy available in 9 languages. Slide deck presentation is available in English. Bi-lingual presentations are most welcome! Interested in planning an event? Email Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

 

2019 EVENTS CALENDAR

 

Events Calendar illustrationJoin-In! Every year the Honoring Choices Partners & Friends host fun & informative activities for their staff and community members. Just pick a day & time and download our free tools to make a health care plan.

Tell us how you are celebrating and we'll post your event here!  Send information to Ellen @ edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

 

March Events

March 10 - "Thoughful + Loving + Caring. Your health, your choices", First Parish of Westwood

Health Care Ambassador Christine MahoneyMarch 10, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

First Parish of Westwood, UCC, 340 Clapboardtree St, Westwood, MA 02090

Hosted by First Parish Westwood, UCC

For Congregants & Community Members.  Rev. Christopher Dodge and Marge Eramo, RN, Community Nurse, will lead a second in the series of community events to inspire and empower adults to open discussions about health care planning,  Palliative Care and Hospice Care.  Speakers include Meg Lutze, Good Shepherd Community Care and Ellen DiPaola, Esq.,Honoring Choices MA. To learn more, call (781) 326-5344.

 

March 18 - Oscar-Nominated "End Game" Screening and Panel Discussion

Monday March 18, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
101 Huntington Avenue, 12th Floor, Prudential Center, Boston, MA
Refreshments will be Served

Hosted by Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, Honoring Choices MA, End Well Foundation.

For Care Providers. Join us for an exclusive conversation and screening of "End Game," the Netflix documentary The New York Times calls a provocative and intimate look at how doctors, nurses, and patients cope with death. Following the screening, we will have a panel and audience discussion about the film. Special guest Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider (pictured here) will talk about her role in the making of the film.  Limited Seating. Register Here.

 

March 25 - "Train-the-Trainer Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", Harvard Vanguard Beverly

March 25, 2019, 8:00am-9:30am

Harvard Vanguard Beverly, 77 Herrick St, Suite 101, Beverly, MA.

For All Care Providers.  North Shore nurses, social workers, care managers and all care professionals are welcome to sharpen your knowledge and train your group to confidently engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care. Become the “in-house health care planning expert” and bring this successful program to your organization and community. No Cost. Read More & Register Here.

 

March 28 - "Train-the-Trainer Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", North Shore Elder Services, Danvers

March 28, 2019, 1:00pm-2:30pm

North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Dr., #200, Danvers, MA

For All Care Providers.  North Shore nurses, social workers, care managers and all care professionals are welcome to sharpen your knowledge and train your group to confidently engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care. Become the “in-house health care planning expert” and bring this successful program to your organization and community. No Cost. Read More & Register Here.

 

April Events

All April - Mass Medical Society Provides Free Information & Documents

Click here for free MA Planning Documents

For Everyone! The Massachusetts Medical Society, an Honoring Choices Partner, has an easy to use webpage filled with free health care planning information and documents to make your own health care plan.  You can also download the "Planning Ahead: What are Your Choices" brochure to facilitate important yet difficult conversations about planning health care goals between patients, their families and health care providers.  Visit the website www.massmed.org

 

Starts April 1 - Join Good Shepherd’s "National Healthcare Decisions Challenge!"

Good Shepherd Community Care, an Honoring Choices Community Partner, invites you and your staff to join-in for a fun and informative challenge. During the month of April, you can help inspire and empower your staff  to designate a Health Care Agent and complete a MA Health Care Proxy. "It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3."

  1. GET READY NOW: Poll your staff once at the beginning of the month and once at the end of the month using a simple survey link (which will be provided to you).
  2. Every Monday in April you will receive an email with important information about the benefits of advance care planning which you will use to educate your staff throughout the month. Good Shepherd will also provide you with literature for an information table at your facility and several copies of the Health Care Proxy form.
  3. At the end of the month, the facility with the largest increase in staff with completed Health Care Proxy form WINS!

First Prize: Your facility wins a Pizza Party and Spotlight in Good Shepherd's Spring Newsletter!

Runner up: Your facility wins an Ice Cream Social!

Sign Up Here . Good Shepherd will get back to you with further information.

 

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

Click here for Patient Care Link

Patient Care Link provides a wealth of health care and safety information from hospitals & home care for patients, families and health care providers.  Learn how to "Empower Patients to Make Health Care Choices"; "Care for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease"; "Start a Palliative Care Discussion", and a range of 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.

All April - "Cake & Planning"- Make a plan and upload to the cloud!

Honoring Choices-Cake portal lets you create, share, update and store planning documents online

Cake is an easy way to discover, store 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:

  • Go to the Honoring Choices-Cake portal
  • 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
  • If you have questions you can contactsupport@joincake.com

 

April 2 - " Dying Well: Multi-Religious End-of-Life Conversations" Conference, Newton

Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI) Lifelong Learning Conference

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10am-3pm

Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road,Newton, MA 02459

REGISTER & BUY TICKETS HERE

Dying Well is a daylong conference on religion and its role in end of life care, hosted by BTI and Honoring Choices Partners, MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care, The Conversation Project, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA. The conference is designed to provide you with direct experiences and resources you can use to facilitate these sacred conversations in your families and institutions so that no one is left in the dark about what would matter most.

  • A panel discussion with Aida Mansour (Islamic Chaplain, Hartford Seminary); Chris Berlin (Buddhist Studies, Harvard Divinity School); Dr. Philip Mamalakis (Pastoral Care, Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary); Rabbi Joel Baron, Rab`14 (Hebrew Senior Life); Dr M. Sarah Rosenthal, M.D. (University of Kentucky); moderated by Rabbi Or Rose (Hebrew College).
  • Enjoy rich conversational interactions facilitated by the co-designer of the game, “Start with HELLO,” Jethro Heiko;
  • Learn from the deep experience of Rev. Dr Gloria White-Hammond, MD, MDiv having Planning Ahead conversations in her congregation;
  • Reflect on what matters most to you with the Advisor to Faith Communities at The Conversation Project, Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, BSN, MDiv.;
  • Leave with your own copy of “The Hello Game” and Conversation Starter Kit.

 

April 2-16 : "Making Choices When It Matters  Most: Conversations, Advance Directives and Five Wishes and More!", Care Dimensions, Danvers

Care Dimensions, an Honoring Choices Community Partner, is celebrating throughout the month of April with webinars, cable shows, live presentations and free packets of Honoring Choices health care planning documents and information. Here's some of their activities open to all consumers and care providers. Contact Mary Crowe, Director of Community and Professional Education,  mcrowe@caredimensions.org or phone 888-283-1722 for more information.

For Consumers: "Making Decisions When It Matters Most:  Conversations, Advance Directives and Five Wishes and More!"

Come join an informational presentation and receive a packet of Honoring Choices tools.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA.
  • Friday, April 5, 10:00 am to 11:00 am  - Salem Council on Aging, 401 Bridge Street, Salem, MA.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – Salisbury Council on Aging, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA.

For Care Professionals: "Making Choices When It Matters  Most: Conversations, Advance Directives and Five Wishes and More!"

  • Webinar: Tue, Apr 16, 2019 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EDT Webinar Register Here
  • Live Presentation: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm,  The Residence at Vinnin Square, Swampscott, MA.

For Everyone: Cable Shows aired for the entire month of April.

  • Danvers Cable – starting Monday, March 18th
  • Beverly Cable –  starting Friday, April 12th

 

April 3- "What's In Your Plan?", Newton Rotary Club

Health Care Proxy formApril 3, 12:00 - 1:30, Newton Rotary Club Members only

 

Rotary is the oldest and largest humanitarian organization in the world.  Each local club meets weekly for fellowship, exchange of ideas and information about projects the club is working on and to hear speakers that educate, inform and fire-up our minds and imaginations. Ellen DiPaola, President, Honoring Choices will offer an interactive presentation about how to make your own personal plan, and why it's important for you, your family and your community.

 

All April: Helpful Webinars, MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors

Caregiver for palliative care

Free Webinars for Nursing Facility & Long Term Care Staff, Residents & Families

Click Here to view individually or view with your group

 

The MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, recorded helpful 20-minute webinars for long term care professionals, and for residents & families in long term care. The webinars offers a simple overview of the Honoring Choices tool kits to help individuals make a personal care plan to receive quality care which aligns with their goals, values and choices.

For Facility Staff: "Tools to Engage Adults to Receive Care Based on their Values and Choices"

For Residents & Families: "Tools to Help You (or Your Loved One) Get Care Based on Your Values and Choices"

Click Here

 

April 4 - "Planning Ahead" with Dementia Friendly MA Idea Exchange, Hyannis

April 4 from 1:30 to 3:30pm

Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA

Register Here

For All Care Providers. The Idea Exchanges are hosted by Dementia Friendly MA- Mass Councils on Aging, an Honoring Choices Partner. The focus is “Training on the Trainings, Materials and other Tools to You can Use “ to become a more Dementia Friendly community. Come ready to learn about all of the materials, trainings, videos and other resources available and how to use them to support your efforts. Honoring Choices is part of the panel to offer health care planning information and documents to adults with memory concerns, to protect each individuals right to make a plan and get care that aligns with their values and care choices.

 

April 4 - "Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", BayPath Elder Services, Marlborough

April 4, 9:30am–11:00am
BayPath Elder Services, 33 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA
SOCIAL WORK CEU’S PENDING

 

For All Care Providers.  BayPath Elder Services is hosting an Ambassador Workshop for their care professionals to add to their knowledge to engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care. Read more

 

April 8 - "Mondays in April" Celebrating Healthcare Decisions Month", Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Mondays in April; and April 18 11:00 - noon; April 29 from 2:00 – 3:00

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, LLC Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, Ste. 401-East, Boston, MA  02215

For All Employees.  Each Monday in April, Amy Hudspeth Cabell, JD, MBA  Research Integrity & Compliance Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, we will send out an email to employees that provides INSPIRATION for completing a Health Care Proxy form and having “the Conversation” with a loved one,  and a Monday Message Video on a particular topic related to advance care planning. On Thursday, April 18 from 11:00 - noon and Monday, April 29 from 2:00 – 3:00  employees can drop-in to Conference Room 9 for questions, fun conversation about advance care planning, and witnesses available to witness your signature as you complete your health care proxy form.  If interested, please sign up on LiveWire. bHarvard Pilgrim Health Care is an Honoring Choices Partner, providing free Honoring Choices MA Health Care Proxy to all employees.

 

April 11- "Pizza & Planning", Keene Senior Center, Keene, NH

April 11, 2019, 2:00pm- 3:30pm

Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St, Keene, NH 03431

The Honoring Care Decisions Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, is hosting a month long series of events in Keene, Nashua, and Concord, New Hampshire to celebrate April Healthcare Decisions Month.  The Keene Senior Center invite you to share a slice of pizza and learn about the NH Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care document, to choose a trusted person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions yourself. For more information, contact Honoring Care Decisions at 800-730-7577. Check out this listing of other NH events. The Honoring Care Decisions Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, is a Advisory Partner of the New England Health Living Collective. Read more about our 6 state New England collaboration to ensure all adults living and traveling through New England receive care that honors their values & care choices here.

 

April 12 - "Planning Ahead" with Dementia Friendly MA Idea Exchange, Spencer

April 12 from 9:30 to 11:30

Spencer Senior Center, 68 Maple Street, Spencer, MA

Register Here

For All Care Providers. The Idea Exchanges are hosted by Dementia Friendly MA- Mass Councils on Aging, an Honoring Choices Partner. The focus is “Training on the Trainings, Materials and other Tools to You can Use “ to become a more Dementia Friendly community. Come ready to learn about all of the materials, trainings, videos and other resources available and how to use them to support your efforts. Honoring Choices is part of the panel to offer health care planning information and documents to adults with memory concerns, to protect each individuals right to make a plan and get care that aligns with their values and care choices.

 

All April- "Become a Dementia Friend" with Dementia Friends MA

Make a difference in your community!

Learn more by watching this 2-minute video.

 

For All Consumers & Care Providers.  Become a Dementia Friend online, and join over 14 million people worldwide who are changing the way people talk, act and think about dementia.  Dementia Friends is a global public awareness program that teaches five key messages about dementia and the simple things that every community member can do to make a difference. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia. Dementia Friends MA, an Honoring Choices Partner, is sharing the Honoring Choices Getting Started Tool Kit with their support group for adults whose parent(s) lives with dementia, and with their Services for Older Adults Division.

  • Download the information flyer (English) (Spanish)
  • Become a Dementia Friend here.
  • Visit www.dementiafriendsma.org website, and click on “Find a Session” to join in an hour-long public information session near you.

In celebration: Here's a thoughtfully written blog post by Naomi Higuchi in Japan, about  the value of routine conversations about personal wishes and use of advance directives.

 

All April- Attend a Memory Café in Your Town

A welcoming place for a person with memory or thinking changes and their care partners.

Find a Memory Café in your town or region.

 

For All Consumers: Dementia Friends MA, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, has wonderful information on Memory Cafés for all New England states & beyond. A memory café is a welcoming social gathering place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and their care partners. Care partners can include spouses, children, friends, and professional caregivers. Each memory café is different. Some cafés invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. But all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other’s company, and to explore something new. Learn more:

You can learn more at www.dementiafriendsma.org

 

April 16- "Let's Make a Plan!"- UMass Graduate School of Nursing & Medical School

UMass Ambassadors are hosting events to help fellow students make a plan!

April 16 and April 23

For UMass Graduate Nursing Students & Medical Students. UMass Graduate Nursing Students, trained as Honoring Choices Health Care Planing Ambassadors, are hosting "lunch & learn" events this April for their fellow students. The UMass Ambassadors will review the Getting Started Tool Kit, and provide an opportunity for interested students to complete their health care proxy on site.  We are delighted UMass Ambassadors are bringing together both nursing and medical students to exchange ideas, and receive valuable health care planning information and tools.

April 16- "Let's Celebrate!", Harvard Vanguard Atrius Health Concord MA

Stop by the Information Table. Talk with Elizabeth Neelon Wallace, LICSW

April 16, 12:30pm- 2:30pm

Harvard Vanguard Atrius , 330 Baker Ave, Concord, MA 01742

 

For patients, families and employees. Come stop by the information table in the lobby, complete with balloons, give-ways and a free Health Care Proxy.  Elisabeth Neelon Wallace LICSW Palliative Care Social Worker will be on hand to answer any questions. For more information, contact Ms. Wallace at, 978-287-9309.

April 16- It's NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY! "Get Inspired and Get Involved! Write a Letter", The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project has some great ways to celebrate!

For All Consumers & Care Providers. The Conversation Project, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, has a series of free Conversation Starter Tool kits, videos, information and support to inspire everyone to join-in the national celebration. Here are some ways to get involved:

For National Healthcare Decisions Day this year,  The Conversation Project (TCP) is encouraging everyone to write by snail mail or email to their near and dear. Write a letter to your loved one about what matters most to you. A letter is, after all, a great way to share our wishes for end-of-life care. TCP will be collecting as many letters as we can and hope to share different examples with you as we receive them. If you’re willing to have us share yours, please send it our way (conversationproject@ihi.org). The first ten submissions will receive a TCP Talking Matters pin. Click here to learn more!

April 16- It's "NATIONAL CARE TRANSITIONS AWARENSS DAY" too!

April 16 is a great day to make a health care plan and get quality care across all care settings!

 

Honoring Choices Partners, Mass Health & Hospital Association, Healthcentric Advisors, and MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and many other Partners are having a double celebration on April 16, as its both National Healthcare Decisions Day AND National Care Transitions Awareness Day.  National Care Transitions Awareness Day is set aside to increase awareness and action in the beneficiary and provider communities of the importance of safe and effective care transitions between all care settings.  We all join in supporting both events: to empower adults to make a health care plan and to work together for safe and effective transitions to get the best possible care that honors care choices.  Here's more information:

All April- "My Care. My Voice. My Choice", Healthcentric Advisors

Photo of Health Care AmbassadorsHealthcentric Advisors, Honoring Choices Partners in MA, RI, NH

 

For Everyone. My Care, My Choice, My Voice is a campaign to assist adults & families in health care planning conversations. This process empowers people to (1) Think of what types of care they want; (2) Choose their healthcare preferences, their healthcare decision maker, and document their wishes; and (3) Voice their decisions to loved ones and healthcare providers. They provdie a link to the state-specific tools in Massachusetts and  Rhode Island. Read more here.

Healthcentric Advisors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are Advisory Partners of the  New England Health Living Collective. Read more about our 6 state New England collaboration to ensure all adults living and traveling through New England receive care that honors their values & care choices here.

 

April 16 - "Planning Ahead" with Dementia Friendly MA Idea Exchange, Springfield

April 16 from 1:30 to 3:30

Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, 1476 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA

Register Here

For All Care Providers. The Idea Exchanges are hosted by Dementia Friendly MA- Mass Councils on Aging, an Honoring Choices Partner. The focus is “Training on the Trainings, Materials and other Tools to You can Use “ to become a more Dementia Friendly community. Come ready to learn about all of the materials, trainings, videos and other resources available and how to use them to support your efforts. Honoring Choices is part of the panel to offer health care planning information and documents to adults with memory concerns, to protect each individuals right to make a plan and get care that aligns with their values and care choices.

 

April 17- "Pizza & Planning" , St. James Episcopal Church Keene, NH

April 17, 5:30- 7:00pm

St. James Episcopal Church, 44 West St, Keene, NH 03431Keene, NH

 

For Everyone. The Honoring Care Decisions Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, is hosting a month long series of events in Keene, Nashua, and Concord, New Hampshire to celebrate April healthcare Decisions Month.  The Keene Senior Center invite you to share a slice of pizza and learn about the NH Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care document, to choose a trusted person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make decisions yourself. For more information, contact Honoring Care Decisions at 800-730-7577. Check out this listing of other NH events. The Honoring Care Decisions Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, is a Advisory Partner of the New England Health Living Collective.

 

April 17 - "Planning Ahead" with Dementia Friendly MA Idea Exchange, Great Barrington

April 17 from 1:30 to 3:30

Great Barrington Senior Center, 917 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

Register Here

 

For All Care Providers. The Idea Exchanges are hosted by Dementia Friendly MA- Mass Councils on Aging, an Honoring Choices Partner. The focus is “Training on the Trainings, Materials and other Tools to You can Use “ to become a more Dementia Friendly community. Come ready to learn about all of the materials, trainings, videos and other resources available and how to use them to support your efforts. Honoring Choices is part of the panel to offer health care planning information and documents to adults with memory concerns, to protect each individuals right to make a plan and get care that aligns with their values and care choices.

 

All April - "Planning with Hospice & Palliaitve Care Members Across the Commonwealth"

Design your own April- May Event

Thanks to Christine McMichael, Executive Director, Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA

 

For All Members. We are delighted to celebrate annually with all the member organizations of the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts (HPCFM), an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner. Bring together your staff  and community members and offer a free multi-lingual Health Care Proxy and other documents so everyone can start to make a personal plan.  Also offer a "What is Palliative Care?" video for staff or consumers here. Ellen DiPaola, President, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com is happy to connect with all HPCFM members directly to help craft an event for your organization and post on the Event’s Calendar.

April 18- "What's in Your Plan?", Information Table at Lahey Health, Lynnfield

April 18, 2019, 11:00am-12Noon; 1:00-2:00pm

Lahey Health, 1350 Market Street, Lynnfield , MA 01940

 

For Everyone. Lahey Heatlh, an Honoring Choices Partner, will host an information table for consumers and care providers. Stop by to learn about health care planning documents. You can complete your Health Care Proxy or take one with you.  Also pick up a list of Honoring Choices documents and tools , a "Legacy folder", with useful documents for adults with serious illness and end of life care formation.  For more formation, Contact Bonnie U. Brien BSN RN CCM, Nurse Navigator for Palliative Care, 781 744 2041

April 22 - "Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann

April 22, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm

Time & Location: TBD

For All Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann Members.  Nurses, social workers, care managers and all care professionals and their administrators are coming together to sharpen their  knowledge and train their group to confidently engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care in their community. Ambassadors become the “in-house health care planning expert” and bring this successful program to their organization and community. Age & Dementia Friendly Coalition members will work together to make a collective impact for the surrounding community. No Cost. For more information, contact Kaye Hapshe, LSW, Community Care Transitions Coordinator, SeniorCare Inc., 978-281-1750 x 524

 

April 23- "Panera & Proxy", Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Wellesley

April 23, 12:00-1:00, Wellesley Gateway

 

For Harvard Pilgrim Employees. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, an Honoring Choices Partner, is providing a wonderful lunch for their employees and a free Health Care Proxy to celebrate the month.   We are excited to add another "P" to our line up of Pizza & Proxy, Pastries & Proxy, Pot Luck & Proxy.  Welcome Panera & Proxy- a great idea to thank your employees and offer a health care benefit.

April 24 -"Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", Notre Dame Health Care, Worcester

April 24, 2019, 8:30am–10:00am
Notre Dame Educational Bridge Center
555 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605

For All Care Providers.  Nurses, social workers, care managers and all care professionals can sharpen your knowledge and communication skills to engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care.

 

April 25 & 26 -" End of Life Nursing Education Consortium" Train-the-Trainer Curriculum Training

April 25-26, 2019, two day training

UMass School of Nursing, Faculty Conference Room

55 N Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01655

Register Here.

For all health care providers and professionals who care for adults with serious illness.

The two-day training will offer intensive, comprehensive, applied learning strategies to address end-of-life care for patients with serious medical conditions. Areas of focus will include: an overview of palliative nursing; communication; pain and symptom management; loss, grief, and bereavement; ethics; cultural considerations; care during the final hours; self-care; teaching strategies; and a review of ELNEC resources to achieve quality palliative care. This course will prepare participants to present ELNEC trainings in their own settings and become transformational leaders in the practice and teaching of palliative nursing concepts. Read more and register here.

 

April 26 - "Planning Ahead" with Dementia Friendly MA Idea Exchange, Framingham

April 26 from 1:30 to 3:30

Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA

Register Here

For All Care Providers. The Idea Exchanges are hosted by Dementia Friendly MA- Mass Councils on Aging, an Honoring Choices Partner. The focus is “Training on the Trainings, Materials and other Tools to You can Use “ to become a more Dementia Friendly community. Come ready to learn about all of the materials, trainings, videos and other resources available and how to use them to support your efforts. Honoring Choices is part of the panel to offer health care planning information and documents to adults with memory concerns, to protect each individuals right to make a plan and get care that aligns with their values and care choices.

 

April 30 - "Make Your Plan" at Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield

 

April 30, 2019, 1pm to 3pm

Village at Proprietors Green, Winslow Room , 10 Village Green Way, Marshfield MA

 

For Everyone. The Honoring Choices Partners are joining forces for a comprehensive presentation to celebrate April Healthcare Decisions Month.  Come join Christine Mahoney, LICSW and Lynne Street, LPN, Village at Proprietors Green as the present the Honoring Choices Getting Started Tool Kit, to help participants make their personal health care plan. Special guest Attorney Kendra O’Toole, Legacy Legal Planning, LLC, and Honoring Choices Partner,  will offer valuable information on Estate Planning.  For more information contact Christine Mahoney at 781.834-7885 x151.

 

May Events- The Celebration Continues...

May 7 - "Pastries & Planning", Harvard Vanguard Beverly

May 7, 2019, 10:00am-11:30am,

Harvard Vanguard Beverly, 77 Herrick St, Suite 101 Beverly MA.

 

For All Patients & Staff. Join us for some sweet pastries and beverages and hear about a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will).  Learn why both documents are important to tell your family and your health care providers what you want for care. Free documents will be available to fill out or take home. Please register to attend- seating is limited. Call Kerry 1-978 232-7046

 

May 14 -"Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", Elder Services of Merrimac Valley, Lawrence

May 14, 2019, 9:30am-11:00am

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley,  280 Merrimack St Suite 400, Lawrence, MA

For All Care Providers.  Nurses, social workers, care managers and all care professionals can sharpen your knowledge and communication skills to engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care.

 

May 15 - Oscar-nominated "End Game" Screening & Discussion, Baystate Health, Springfield

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:00- 4:00pm

Whitney Avenue Conference Center 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040. 

Co hosted by Baystate Health and Western Mass Transitions in Care Cross Continuum, Honoring Choices Partners

 

For Care Providers. Join us for the  Western MA screening of the Oscar-nominated  "End Game," the Netflix documentary The New York Times calls a provocative and intimate look at how doctors, nurses, and patients cope with death. Following the screening, we will have a panel and audience discussion about the film. Refreshments served. For more information contact: Jodi Kashouh at jodi.kashouh@baystatehealth.org To REGISTER: Go to Eventbrite

 

May 21 - "Train-the-Trainer Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop", Age Friendly Framingham

May 21, 2019, 10:00pm-12:00pm

Location: TBD

For All Age Friendly Framingham Coalition Members.  Nurses, social workers, care managers and all care professionals and their administrators are coming together to sharpen their  knowledge and train their group to confidently engage adults in health care planning discussions. Health Care Planning Ambassadors are trained in the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" to confidently help adults complete a Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and connect adults to needed care in their community. Ambassadors become the “in-house health care planning expert” and bring this successful program to their organization and community. Age Friendly Coalition members will work together to make a collective impact for the Framingham community. No Cost. For more information, contact Lauren R. Pratt, MPH, REHS/RS, Community Health Program Coordinator. Age Friendly Framingham, (508) 532-5477.