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Planning Tools and Activity Ideas

6th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month

Due to the coronavirus we are Planning in Place between March-May. Below are tools, educational materials, and ideas to make your own plan, or host a virtual activity to help everyone make a health care plan.

Everyone Can Make a Health Care Plan

Every competent adult, 18 years old and older, can make their own personal plan. It's simple to do with our signature Who's Your Agent?® program, which offers the Getting Started Tool Kit to start to make your plan, and Next Steps Tool Kit, to build on your plan over your lifetime. You can do-it-yourself or help a friend or family member make a plan. 

It's a great time to make a plan. Start by choosing a Health Care Agent. Your Agent has the power to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to, and get you the care you need even for a short period while you recover. The Getting Started Tool Kit makes planning as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Who's Your Agent?  Appoint a trusted person as your Health Care Agent in a MA Health Care Proxy ( No Agent? No Problem- just start with Step 2);
  2. What Matters Most?  Write down your instructions for care in a MA Personal Directive (Living Will);
  3. Let's Talk About My Care. Talk with your clinicians to get good care everyday, with the 5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers discussion guide.

Download a free The Getting Started Tool Kit

Download Translated Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive

View the Next Steps Tool Kit

  Host a virtual activity for staff & community members

Typically the Honoring Choices Partners host over 60 events during our annual celebrations using the event ideas and tools below. This year, our in-person activities are on hold. Anyone can host a virtual activity using the flyers, posters, tool kits below, to help adults in your community make a health care plan.

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. Download the tools for yourself or your group:

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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.

  • Information Table: Posters; 8.5 x11; 12 x18;
  • Choose a theme & customize a flyer: "What's in your Plan?"; "Pizza & Proxy"; "Pastries & Planning" ; "Lunch & Learn";
  • Give attendees the Getting Started Tool Kit or Translated Documents
  • 30min. Getting Started Tool Kit Slide Deck.
  • See actual events on the calendar below
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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
  • See actual events on the calendar below

More Event Ideas: Collaborating with Partners

We combined the Honoring Choices tools with 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

  • Start to 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. Joint initiative with The Conversation Project.

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Be Healthy. Live Well

Learn More. Age -and Dementia Friendly MA

 

2020 SPRING EVENTS CALENDAR

Our 6th Annual Spring Celebration runs March through to June.

 

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Tell us how you are celebrating and we'll post your event on the 2020 Spring Calendar! 

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