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Baystate Health's Patient Portal 
offers a H
ealth Care Proxy & Personal Directive!

Documents empower timely conversations with clinicians. 

Baystate Health, an integrated health care system serving over 800,000 people throughout western New England, now offers all patients easy access to health care planning documents through their patient portal. Patients can download and complete an Honoring Choices Health Care Proxy and a Personal Directive (Living Will), view & update their documents, and talk with their clinicians about their documents and care goals as health needs and choices change. We are delighted to support Baystate Health, an Honoring Choices Partner, in their mission to ensure all patients can access multi-lingual planning documents to empower timely conversations for quality care all through their life.  

Baystate Health is the first hospital partner to include Honoring Choices documents in their patient portal. 

READ MORE HERE  about Baystate Health's advancements>

300 New Ambassadors attend Fall Workshops 

Health Care Planning Ambassadors confidently start planning conversations and connect adults to community care! 

The Fall Health Care Planning Ambassador Workshop series was a great success! Over 300 new care providers, nursing and medical students, and community professionals learned how to use the Honoring Choices Getting Started Tool Kit to engage adults in care planning discussions and complete a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will). They join the now 700 strong Ambassador network helping adults across the Commonwealth.

Thanks to our Regional Champions below for co-hosting local workshops-

North Shore

• Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care; and Greater Lynn Senior Services

Metro west- Boston

• Elder Community Collaborative

South Shore

• Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

Worcester & Central MA

• UMass Medical School;  and Worcester Senior Center

Springfield & Western MA

• Baystate Health and Western MA Transitions in Care Cross Continuum (TICCC)

If you are interested in educating your staff as Heath Care Planning Ambassadors...


Age- and Dementia Friendly Framingham engages adults in culturally sensitive planning discussions 

"I Have a Health Care Proxy" wallet cards in 4 languages

Honoring Choices Partners Grace O’Donnell, Director of Elder Services, Council on Aging/Callahan Center, Framingham, and fellow Age -and Dementia Friendly Framingham (ADFF) coalition members, suggested it would be very helpful to have the "I Have a Health Care Proxy" wallet cards in several languages to accompany the translated planning documents. To support our partner's mission to reach all Framingham residents, Honoring Choices translated the very popular wallet cards into Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. ADFF Health Care Planning Ambassadors are successfully using the translated Health Care Proxy, Personal Directive and wallet cards as a packet of tools to engage adults in culturally sensitive and language appropriate planning conversations.

Thank you Grace and all ADFF coalition members for your great idea!  We've added the bi-lingual wallet cards to our library of translated tools for all Honoring Choices Partners.

Download a Health Care Proxy in 9 languages here
Download a Personal Directive in 4 languages here
To order "I Have A Health Care Proxy" wallet cards in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese, contact Ellen,

READ MORE about Age -and Dementia Friendly Framingham >

Serious Illness Care and MOLST Challenge 

Improving how adults live well with serious illness

UPDATE: Great progress is being made to improve the way we help adults live well from first diagnosis of a serious illness, through managing treatments, to end of life care.  Working together with state agencies, health care organizations, community groups, and the court, we can build a collaborative process that proactively responds to the changing health care needs and choices of adults with serious illness. 

Read more about the exciting developments here.
Download the Important Milestones summary here.

Yes, we appreciate your support!

Financial Partners & Friends receive special thanks 

 Many have asked- "How do you do this?"  How does Honoring Choices provide free up-to-date information, free documents & tools, free workshops & support for care providers, and collaborate with hundreds of our partners to make vital systems change?  

It's simple. We  appreciate and welcome generous contributions from consumers, families, businesses and community organizations.  We know not everyone is in a position to offer a financial contribution. That's why we so appreciate those who can give to support the collaborative mission and help every adult & family in every community across the Commonwealth. 

To say Thank You,  we will post the names of our "Financial Partners & Friends" on the new Honoring Choices “Our Team”  page starting Jan 1, 2020.  Any amount is gratefully accepted and can be given anonymously.

Just make a check payable to "Honoring Choices Massachusetts" and include:

  • your name or the organization's name as you'd like it to appear; or 
  • make in someone's honor, ie "The Smith Family, in honor of our mother Rose"; or
  • specify if you'd like your contribution to be anonymous.

Send to:
Honoring Choices Massachusetts
PO BOX 444, Lincoln, MA 01773
Att: Ellen DiPaola, President

All contributions are tax deductible as the law allows.  For more information, contact Lisa Leydon, Honoring Choices Financial Partners & Friends, at Thank you.

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