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100 Ambassadors help adults "Get Started"

 New Fall Events: "Pie & Proxy" and "Pancakes & Proxy".
Over 100 Health Care Planning Ambassadors, who are seniors, community volunteers and professional staff, recently attended statewide Ambassador Workshops in order to confidently help adults complete a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will). Ambassadors use the Honoring Choices MA "Getting Started Tool Kit" for person-to-person discussions, and to host fun & informational "Pizza & Proxy" events in their community.

The Ambassador Pizza & Proxy parties were a big success. Adults & families gathered to share pizza while Ambassadors provided a step-by-step slide presentation and free planning documents. Adults & families were delighted to complete their documents during the event.

This Fall, the Ambassadors are building on the community enthusiasm and celebrating the season by adding two additional events:
  • "Pie & Proxy".  Share a slice of Apple Pie (or your favorite) and receive a free Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive;
  • "Pancakes & Proxy". For Saturday and Sunday events and faith-based fellowship, add a Pancake Breakfast to the fall calendar and provide all adults with planning documents.
Honoring Choices supports our Health Care Planning Ambassadors with everything they need to host an event including posters, a slide presentation and downloadable tool kits and more.

Interested in becoming an Ambassador and bringing this vital program to your community or care setting? It's no cost and simple to do.  Contact Denise Skrocki, Program Director, skrockid@gmail.com

Thank You Tufts Health Plan Foundation 

Expanding the Honoring Choices Ambassador Program into New England!

Now in our second grant year, Tufts Health Plan Foundation is generously supporting the Health Care Planning Ambassador Program.This year, the grant will enable Honoring Choices to expand our reach into New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and deepen our MA Ambassador Program.

We are collaborating with Age-Dementia Friendly stakeholders to design state specific tool kits and programs to help ensure we honor the care choices of adults who live near state borders and cross state lines for health care.

Additionally, we have partnered with Massachusetts Age-Dementia Friendly experts to improve access to care for adults with dementia, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and adults experiencing isolation and homelessness. See Press Release here.
 

"No Agent. No Problem. Start with the Personal Directive"

For adults who have not chosen a Health Care Agent yet.

Honoring Choices Partners & Ambassadors have engaged over 40,000 adults in planning discussions and helped adults complete over 30,000 planning documents.

In talking with adults, a significant number report they do not have a person they can choose as a Health Care Agent (Agent), and therefore think they can not start to make a personal health care plan.

Every adult has the right to direct their care, whether they have an Agent or not. Using the Getting Started Tool Kit, our Partners & Ambassadors simple say "No Agent, No Problem. You can start to make a plan with a Personal Directive.” This empowering document allows adults to write down what's most important to them and offer their care providers and others vital information about the kind of care they want and do not want. 

Our newly update Personal Directive (PD) is equally user friendly for adults who have chosen an Agent and those who have not yet chosen an Agent. It’s free and downloadable in the Getting Started Tool Kit and as a single document.

 

Welcome Community Partners!
Beacon Patient Advocates LLC, located in Brookline, helps clients and their family members / caregivers tackle the challenges of navigating today’s complex healthcare system by becoming educated and confident health care consumers.  Read more.
North River Home Care, located in Norwell, works to ensure a better quality of life for elderly clients and peace of mind for their families in the care setting of their choice. Read more.
Right at Home of Eastern Worcester County, provides customized, nurse-managed, private home care solutions to seniors and disabled adults with the foundational belief that every senior should have the option to age in the place of their own choice. Read more.
Honoring Choices Massachusetts is a consumer focused, non-profit organization that informs, empowers and help adults and families to make a health care plan and connect to person-centered care, all through their lives. Visit us at www.honoringchoicesmass.com

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