April 2018 is Healthcare Decisions Month

Make a plan for quality care today & everyday. Free MA documents, event ideas and on-line tools.

You can create your own personal plan with the Getting Started Tool Kit, or host an event for your colleagues & staff or adults in your community. Join an event hosted by Honoring Choices Partners & Friends in communities across the Commonwealth. See the "Events Calendar " below.

How Are You Celebrating?  Here are 3 event ideas and free downloadable tools to plan your celebration:

Two officials at Lahey Health standing near Who's Your Agent Poster

"Who’s Your Agent?"

Set up a "Who's Your Agent?" information table in the front lobby or cafeteria with a table poster and offer a free Health Care Proxy. Ask your friends, colleagues, patients ..."Who's Your Agent?"

Man eating pizza at a Pizza and Proxy event

"Pizza & Proxy Party"

Invite adults & families in your community for pizza and a free Health Care Proxy!  Volunteers can become Ambassadors to start peer-to-peer discussions using The Getting Started Tool Kit.

man sitting at a computer using cake website

"Cake in the Cloud"

Cake makes it simple to create, store, and share your Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive securely in the cloud. Do-it-yourself or engage your community either in person or on-line.

Young hispanic family of four with small childrenMake Your Own Plan. You can do-it-yourself!

You can direct your health care choices to get the best possible care all through your life, and write down your choices in personal health care plan. It's simple to do using the  The Getting Started Tool Kit. Your personal plan protects your right to get the care you want today and everyday, helps your family know how to care for you, and helps your doctors match quality care to your goals, values and choices.

The Getting Started Tool Kit includes:

1. MA Health Care Proxy to appoint your Health Care Agent,

2. MA Personal Directive (Living Will) to give instructions to your Agent & family for the kind of care you want, and

3. "5 Things To Talk About With Your Care Providers" a handy discussion guide.

"Host and Post" an Event!

Everyone- families, employers, health care, community and faith based groups can host a simple  "Who's Your Agent?" event and empower adults to complete a free MA Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive. You can design your own event using the MA tools below. Just select an event title and date, download and print the tools you'll need, and we'll post your event information on our Weekly Events Calendar below. For help designing your event, contact Ellen edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

Download & Print Free Massachusetts (MA) Tools:

Two middle aged women talking.Expand Your Reach with Health Care Planning Ambassadors!

Ambassadors are volunteers or staff who start health care planning discussions to help adults make a health care plan and connect to care to improve healthy living.  Ambassadors reach to adults in the community within their own language, culture and ability. It's simple and no cost to start an Health Care Planning Ambassador Program. Just select your volunteers or interested community members and attend a free Spring Ambassador Workshop. You'll receive everything you need to confidently engage adults in planning discussions anywhere adults live, work and gather. Learn about the Honoring Choices Health Care Planning Ambassador Program here. See a list of free Ambassador Workshops here.

Events Calendar illustrationSpring Events Calendar: Spotlight Your Event Here!

Come Join Us!  The Honoring Choices Partners & Friends are hosting fun & informational activities and events across the Commonwealth, starting in March and continuing into May.

Tell us how you are celebrating and we'll post your event in the Weekly Events Calendar below. Be as creative as you like to host an activity/event with your family, staff, congregation, patients and anyone in your community. To post your event,  just send a  2-3 sentence event description and a photo if you like to Ellen at edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

We started with February-March Events & Workshops:

February 22 - Massachusetts Councils on Aging Outreach Coordinators Ambassador Workshop

March 17 - MA Conference of United Church of Christ, Super Saturday Event

March 19 - MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors Partner - Alliance Partner Discussion

March 21 - The Conversation Project: Community Planning 101

March 22 - South Shore Ambassador Workshop & Getting Ready for April NHD Month

Now Celebrating with April Events & Workshops

April 3- Providing LGBTQ-Inclusive Care: Taking Excellence to the Next Level

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00pm (with box lunch Q & A from 1-1:30pm). Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Jimmy Fund AuditoriumCo- hosted by Good Shepherd Community Care & partners

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00pm (light refreshments provided), LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: What Patients, Healthcare Professionals, and Community Members Need to Know, Simmons College LKP Conference Center. Co- hosted by Good Shepherd Community Care in collaboration with their partners

Book by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE is a tenured faculty member at the George Washing University School of Nursing.

For Everyone.  When someone is diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting condition, palliative care and hospice care can provide services to increase comfort and quality of life. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) patients, however, it can be difficult to know what to look for when seeking a program that will be LGBTQ inclusive. For more information visit GSCommunityCare.org.

April 6- Mass Senior Care: "Advance Directives in Long-Term Care Practice"

MA Senior Care FoundationFriday, April 6, 9am-12pm Mass Senior Care, 800 South Street, Waltham , MA

For All Care Providers. Mass Senior Care, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, is hosting a unique workshop. Contemporary healthcare practice is becoming more complex regarding advanced directives, legal guardianship, health care proxies, MOLST, Roger's Guardianship, Powers of Attorney and more. Current ethical dilemmas confronting nurses, social workers and care managers will be discussed by a expert panel. Honoring Choices President, Ellen DiPaola, will join the panel to offer  proven programs and useful tools for care providers and their patients and clients. Learn more and REGISTER HERE

April 9- OPEN HOUSE: Care Dimensions Hospice House

Monday April 9 or Wednesday, April 11, 4:00pm-7:30pm, 125 Winter Street Lincoln, MA. Located at the Waltham line minutes from Rt 128.

For Everyone. Care Dimensions welcomes adults, families, and care providers to join them to celebrate the opening of Care Dimensions Hospice House. They will provide a reception and guided tour. There is a CEU program at 5:30pm for providers. Please RSVP to Openhouse@CareDimensions.org or call 781 373-6615

April 10 - Metrowest - Greater Boston Ambassador Workshop & Celebrating NHD Month

Tuesday, April 10, 1:00-2:30pm, Belmont Council on Aging • 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Co-Hosted by Belmont Council on Aging and the Watertown Council on Aging

For Care Providers & Volunteers. Attendees will receive the "April Celebration Packet" and the latest Honoring Choices tool kits to make a health care plan.  Care providers and their volunteers will also learn how to start an Ambassador Program in their organization. Ambassadors receive everything they need to confidently talk with family, friends and everyone in their community about a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive, and help adults connect to needed care to improve healthy living. Ambassadors are helping  community organizations extend their reach to adults in the community anywhere they live, work, and gather. Free; registration required.  REGISTER HERE

April 11 - "Who Will Speak For You?" in Springfield

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, MA

Hosted by Health New England , in recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day

For Everyone. Join Baystate Health Palliative Care experts and Michelle Sikes, Esq., Schmidt & Sikes, for a discussion about advance care planning. Topics will include terms and barriers associated with advanced directives, as well as the forms, such as the health care proxy and the Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here.

 

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

 

For Everyone. Baystate Health, an Honoring Choices Community Partner, is celebrating the week with a variety of 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: At Baystate Medical Center there will be tables for employees and visitors to learn more and ask questions:

  • Do you have a Health Care Proxy?
  • The Conversation Project
  • What is a MOLST?
  • Cake Online Tool
  • Honoring Choices (Personal Directive)

April 18th: Honoring Choices Train-the-Trainer Health Care Planning Ambassador Program

 

April 16-22 National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD)National Healthcare Decisions Day logo

Now in it’s 11th year, National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD has expanded theri celebration to a week nationally.  Suggestions for ways to implement NHDD activities in your community and at your facility are on the NHDD website.

NHDD is an initiative of the The Conversation Project. They have created a series of videos where people are talking about having end of life care conversations. You can view the videos here. Download a Conversation Started Kit here.

All Month: Care Dimensions Cable Show: "Timing is Everything: Who's Your Agent?"

You Tube link:

https://youtu.be/YH2ceAxLDC8

For Everyone. 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- "Wrap It Up in a Complete Package!" with Village at Proprietors Green

Monday, April 16, 2018 (anytime between) 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 - "Pizza & Proxy Party" in Lexington

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5pm, Lexington Council on Aging, Lexington MA

For Seniors and Community Members.  The Lexington Council on Aging, is hosting a fun night for adults of all ages. Community members are welcome to will enjoy pizza and friendship, as Ellen DiPaola, President Honoring Choices MA, talks about how to create your own health care plan using the do-it-yourself "Getting Started Tool Kit".  Ellen will also introduce the new Ambassador Program for any interested community member who would like to become an Ambassador, to help other adults in their community make a personal health care plan. To register contact Hemali Shah, Lexington Council on Aging.

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

Six Part Webinar Series Starting April 17, 2018

Hosted by The Conversation Project

For Clergy, 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

April 17 & April 19- Celebrate with St. Elizabeth's Medical Center & Good Shepherd Community Care

Good Shepherd Community Care

April 17 & 19, 11am-2pm Information Table in the Cafeteria, St, Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 736 Cambridge Street, Brighton MA. Co-Hosted by St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Good Shepherd Community Care

For Everyone.  Stop by the Information Table and pick up a variety of advanced care planning materials and learn about the value on making your health care plan.

April 19, Seton Auditorium, 12:00- 12:30 English Presentation; 1:00-1:30 Russian Presentation, St, Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 736 Cambridge Street, Brighton MA

For Everyone. Learn about the importance of advance care planning and how to complete a Health Care Proxy to start your health care plan.

April 18- Holyoke & Western MA Ambassador Train-the-Trainer Workshop

 Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2pm-4pm, Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA

Co-hosted by  Baystate Health and Western MA Transitions in Care Cross Continuum

For Care Providers and all community groups. Come join us for a unique train-the-trainer Ambassador Workshop to start an  Health Care Planning Ambassador Program in your organization. You will receive everything you need to select volunteers at your organization and provide information & tools for your Ambassadors to confidently talk with family, friends and everyone in their community about a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive. Ambassadors help your organization reach into your community to connect adults to needed care to improve healthy living. Free; registration required. REGISTER HERE.

April 19- "Advance Planning:The Impact on Healthcare on Cape Cod"

 Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Maplewood at Mayflower Place, 579 buck island Rd, West Yarmouth

Donald A. Guadagnoli, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Cape Cod Hospital; Tina Soarses, RN, Program Director, Quality of Life initiative

For Everyone. Come join us for an improtant discussion to help you understand the importance of advance Care Planning. Free Honoring Choices tools to make your own plan and to make health care choices throughout your life. RSVP to Tina Soarses, 508 862-7661

April 22- "Let's Talk About Important Estate & Medical Documents" and Pizza & Proxy Party, Sudbury

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:10am, Hosted by the Senior Ministry Team, St John Lutheran Church 16 Great Rd, Sudbury MA 01776

For Everyone.  Join Attorney Margaret Hoag to learn about important estate and medical documents followed by "Pizza and Proxy" with Karen LaCure RN for more individual discussion about healthcare planning. All ages are invited and welcomed! To learn more pleas contact Karen LaCure at youth@stjohnsudbury.org or 978-443-8350

April 26- Pizza & Proxy Party hosted by HESSCO & Norwood Council on Aging

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

For Everyone.  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

April 26 - North Shore Ambassador Workshop & Celebrating NHD Month

Thursday, April 26, 9:00am-10:30, Beverly Council on Aging • 90 Colon St., Beverly, MA

Co-Hosted by Beverly Council on Aging

For Care Providers & Volunteers. Attendees will receive the "April Celebration Packet" and the latest Honoring Choices tool kits to make a health care plan.  Care providers and their volunteers will also learn how to start an Ambassador Program in their organization. Ambassadors receive everything they need to confidently talk with family, friends and everyone in their community about a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive, and help adults connect to needed care to improve healthy living. Ambassadors are helping  community organizations extend their reach to adults in the community anywhere they live, work, and gather. Free; registration required.  REGISTER HERE

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

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!

 

The Celebration Continues with May Events & Workshops

May 4 - 2018 Patient Safety Forum –Accelerating Improvement

Friday May 4,  8:00 AM – 2: 30 PM at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham MA

7:30 AM Breakfast and Registration; 8 AM – 2: 30 PM Program (including buffet lunch)

New England Quality Innovation and Improvement logoCo-provided by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and Healthcentric Advisors

 

For Care Providers.  Come celebrate with a stellar group of experts reporting on initiatives that have accelerated improvement in patient safety, including both organizational strategies that drive improvement broadly, as well as initiatives on specific processes and clinical goals. The Forum will share lessons learned from wide range of successful initiatives.  Although presenters are reporting initiatives in hospital settings, the organizational strategies and information systems lessons in this program that would apply in any healthcare organization working to improve patient safety. See the List of Presenters and Register here.

 

May 7 - Cape Cod Ambassador Workshop

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2pm-4pm, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA

For Care Providers and Volunteers. Come join the Cape Cod Quality of Life, Advance Care Planning Task Force for a Health Care Planning Ambassador Program Train-the-Trainer Workshop. Learn more and register here

 

May 15 - MA Coalition for Serious Illness Care 3rd Annual Summit

Tuesday, May 15, 10:30-am-2:30pm, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Pt, Boston, MA 02125

For Everyone.  Join us for the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care's Third Annual Summit. They they will review progress on their goals, share the most recent research findings, and engage participants in a dialogue about their plans and opportunities.  This well attended event is "energizing and informative."  Attendees will hear a panel discussion focused on "What it takes to make progress on major public health issues", followed by breakout / interactive sessions.

No cost. Register Here

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

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

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.

May 24 - Pizza & Proxy Parties in Somerville

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

For Residents.  Honoring Choices 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 or take home a free Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will).

May 30 - Worcester & Central MA Ambassador Workshop

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 9:00am-10:30am, Faculty Conference Room - UMass Medical School S1-342, UMass Memorial University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester
For Care Providers and Volunteers. UMass Memorial Health Care is co-hosting a workshop for all Care Providers, Staff and Community Organizations.  Everyone is welcome to become a Health Care Planning Ambassador  Learn more and register here