9th Annual Healthcare Decisions Month

How are you celebrating? 

Every year during April and May the Honoring Choices Partners & Friends celebrate  National Healthcare Decisions Day with our easy to use tools and event ideas. Our collective goal is to ensure every adult has EQUAL ACCESS  to the free, multi-lingual planning tools to make a personal care plan. Our Partners post NEW TOOLS and  celebrate the amazing work of their health care providers with fun events and webinars. 

To Get Started:

  • Choose an activity below or share your own to post on the 2022 April- May Events Calendar below.
  •  Promote equal access by including the  9th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month Flyer in your newsletters, social media, & communications. Thank you!

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Lunch Hour Series for Care Providers, "Become A Health Care Planning Ambassador" Virtual Session. Choose one.

April 20, 2022, 12Noon- 1pm. No cost. Register here.  OR  May 3, 2022, 12 Noon-1pm No Cost. Register Here. OR June 14, 2022, 12Noon-1pm Register Here.

Care providers & community professionals can enhance their knowledge and skills to confidently start simple planning conversations. The Getting Started Tool Kit and multi-lingual documents provided.  Attendees receive Honoring Choices Health Care Planning Ambassador Certificate. Read more here.

Join us. Everyone is welcome!

Here are three ways to celebrate. Choose one and we'll post your event on the 2022 Events Calendar

Make Your Own Plan

Every adult has the right to direct their health care choices and make a plan. Our Quick Start Program makes it as easy as 1-2-3 to:

  • Step 1: Complete a Health Care Proxy.
  • Step 2: Complete a Personal Directive.
  • Step 3:  Share documents to get good care.

TOOLS: The Quick Start Program includes:

acknowledge bias

Host Your Group

Co-host our popular  "Now's the Time. Make Your Own Plan" or What's in Your Plan? webinar  for your community group, congregation, and network or social circles. You gather your group: we'll supply the slide deck and tools. Every one receives the Getting Started Tool Kit. Advertise your event with the flyers below.

 TOOLS. Tailor an event for your group using: 

Woman and Doc Care Planning

Support Your Staff

Plan a "Pastries & Proxy" staff meeting to ensure busy staff have dedicated time to make their own plan. Host a webinar to enhance your staff's knowledge & skills to confidently engage adults in conversations from simple to serious illness. You schedule the on-line meeting; we'll provide the webinar & tools.

TOOLS: Tailor for your group. Choose a webinar:

Contact Ellen to schedule a zoom meeting, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

New Tools Everyone Can Use

Consumers & Care Providers use the same tools and conversation guides

for early and effective planning conversations.

QUICK START VIDEO: Make your own plan. It's quick & easy to do!

Quick StartHonoring Choices MA Quick Start Video (5 minutes). 

Every adult, 18 years old and older, can make a personal health care plan. It's quick and easy to do! Just listen to the 5 minute Quick Start video, and use the Getting Started Tool Kit to start to make your plan. You can pause the video to follow along and complete your own MA Health Care Proxy.

 

Set of Tools: Start Seamless Conversatons from Simple to Serious Illness

Ariadne Labs, The Conversation Project and Honoring Choices MA are working together to help ensure adults and their health care teams can confidently engage in effective planning conversations from simple to serious illness. Our programs work together seamlessly to provide a continuum of planning tools and conversation guides that help adults make a personal care plan, talk with their family and other important people about their care, and work in partnership with their health care teams to get quality care that aligns with their goals, values and care choices.

For Consumers:  Download tools and conversations guides:

For Care Providers:  Schedule a webinar to learn how to flow from simple to serious illness conversations using:

Contact Ellen to schedule a webinar, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

2022 APRIL & MAY EVENTS CALENDAR

CHECK BACK OFTEN- New events are posted daily

 

Events Calendar illustrationJoin-In!  Every year the Honoring Choices Partners & Friends host fun & informative activities for their staff and community members. You can use our tools and programs to create an event or share an event of your own.  The events benefit both consumers and care providers., with MANY NEW TOOLS to share. 

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

 

APRIL 2022 Events

"Pastries & Proxy" Staff Meetings

April Staff Meetings

For Care Providers and Staff  

 Care teams in hospitals and community health centers are celebrating with some sweet pastries and beverages to ensure hard working staff have dedicated time to complete their planning documents.  A free MA  Health Care Proxy (15 languages) and other documents are available to fill out or take home. 

Want to join in? Just pick a date; we'll send you the planning documents and wallet cards. Email Ellen, edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

 

 

April 12 - Commonwealth Care Alliance supports clinicians as Health Care Planning Ambassadors!

April 12, 2022, 9am-10am

Zoom Webinar for Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) Clinicians

Co-hosted by by CCA and Honoring Choices MA

Commonwealth Care Alliance is co-hosting a Health Care Planning Ambassador webinar for their clinical staff and colleagues. All are welcome to have dedicated time to make their own health care plan, and become a certified Health Care Planning Ambassadors to confidently  and routinely start a planning conversation to help others make a care plan. CCA clinicians are joining the 3500 certified Ambassadors who use the Getting Started Tool Kit  and Next Steps Tool Kit to engage adults in powerful planning conversations to complete a MA Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and build on their personal plan to get better care to live well with chronic and serious illness.

CCA participants receive a HCM Health Care Planning Ambassador Certificate. Ambassadors receive our monthly e-newsletter with updated tools and the latest information to support their on-going work.

April 13 - The Boston Public Library hosts "Now's the Time. Make Your own Plan!"

April 13, 2022, 11am-12Noon

Zoom Webinar "Now's the Time. Make Your Own Care Plan"

No cost.  Register Here.

For all consumers

Co-hosted by Sophie Leveque, Reference Librarian II, Health & Human Services Specialist,  Boston Public Library.

The Boston Public Library is celebrating Healthcare Decisions Day by co-hosting free webinar open to all consumers to learn how to make your own health care plan. The webinar will provide a simple 3 step process to make your own plan to complete a MA health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will). Participants can download the Getting Started Tool Kit. The Health Care Proxy is available in 15 languages. For more information contact Sophie at sleveque@bpl.org

Register here. 

 

April 13 - New Decisions Guide! New webinar: "Health Equity at End of Life: Enhancing Access to Advance Directives & Palliative Care."


April 7 and April 13,2022  12-12:30pm

 Zoom Webinar. No Cost.

For all Care Professionals.  Hosted by Healthcentric Advisors,  IPRO QIN-QIO 

Register for 4/13 Webinar

As part of their Small Talk Series, Healthcentric Advisors, provides this timely webinar that recognizes racial and ethic health disparities in accessing care for adults with serious illness. A panel of expert speakers will discuss the inequities in receiving hospice and palliative care, where adults may be more likely to experience worse pain and symptom management, as well as a higher rate of hospitalization at end of life. The speakers will explore strategies and interventions for addressing end-of-life care disparities.. Register for 4/13 Webinar

Healthcentric Advisors shares a tool they have found useful:

"Go To The Hospital or Stay Here: A Decision Guide for Residents, Their Families, Friends and Caregivers"

Read more HERE.

 

April - Dementia Friends Champions Help Ensure Access for all Adults & Families.

April and MAy

Spreading the word! Supporting equal access!

The 700 strong Dementia Friends Champions are helping ensure all adults in their community have equal access to multi-lingual planning documents in order to make a personal health care plan.  The Dementia Friends Champions are spreading the word using the 9th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month FLYER to help adults, family and caregivers access a free Getting Started Tool Kit, which includes a Health Care Proxy and/or a Personal Directive (Living). Every adult, regardless of a medical diagnosis, can make a plan to get the best possible care that aligns with their wishes and care preferences. 

Dementia Friends is a global public awareness movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia here in Massachusetts.  Volunteers can participate in a free Zoom “Champion” training that will give you the knowledge and materials you need to lead your own information session for family, friends, colleagues, or your broader community. Read more about the upcoming  May 4 Dementia Friends Champion below. 

April - Bershire AHEC: Helping Adults & Providers Engage in Effective Planning Conversations.

April and May
Supporting equal access for consumers and training for care providers.
Gena DiSimoni Johnson, Executive Director, Berkshire AHEC, is helping ensure all adults in their community have equal access to multi-lingual planning documents in order to make a personal health care plan. To celebrate, Berkshire AHEC is blasting out 9th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month information through email and on social media to help adults and families connect to the QUICK START Program, and help area health care  providers and community professionals connect to the  no cost "Become A Health Care Planning Ambassador " on April 20, 12-1pm. Thank you Gena and all the dedicated staff at Berkshire AHEC for your continued work in supporting adults and care providers with the same tools for effective care planning discussions to get timely, quality care in your community. 

Register here. Berkshire AHEC and all care providers statewide can register for the no cost  "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador" webinar.

April 14 -HPCFM hosts "Engage Adults in Seamless Conversations from Simple to Serious Illness."

April 14, 2022 12-1pm

Joint Zoom Webinar. No Cost.

For All HPCFM Members.

Co-hosted by Christine McMichael, Executive Director, Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA

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. All clinicians and care teams who are HPCFM members are welcome to celebrate your work and enhance you knowledge and skills. The joint webinar provides an review of the proven "Who's Your Agent/ Program to  start simple conversations with the Honoring Choices Getting Started tool kit, and how to  flow into a what matters most conversation, introducing Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Conversation Guide. We’ll review strategies and patient-tested language to have effective conversations. Tool kits and Guide included. registration open shortly. Contact Christine for more information, cmcmichael@hospicefed.org

 

April 14 - Old Colony Elder Services co-hosts a Cable Show to Increase Equal Access

April 14, 2022

Tape a Community Options Cable Show to "Make Your Own Plan for Good Care Today and Over Your Lifetime"

For Consumers

Co-hosted by Old Colony Elder Services

To celebrate April Healthcare Decisions Month, Old Colony Elder Services is working with  Community Options Cable Show to tape an episode on how to make your own personal health care plan. Ellen DiPaola, President, Honoring Choices MA  will provide information on the Quick Start Program and how to access free multilingual planning tools.  She'll answer commonly asked questions an how making a plan can empower adults to talk with their health care providers to get good care today, and plan for future care.  Ms. DiPaola will address mis-information, and offer instructions on how to either download documents or pick up printed copies.  The cable show will run frequently for the South Shore community.

April 16- Connect to the Honoring Choices National Network!

Photo Montage of diverse set of people in many rolesApril 16-

Meet the Honoring Choices National Network

We are all celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day!

If friends and family live in the following states, they can easily access state specific care planning information and tools and participate in local events. Although we share the same mission as a national network,  each state has personalized it's objectives to best serve the populations  and needs within their state.  Read more by clicking on the individual states below:

  1. Honoring Choices® Florida
  2. Honoring Choices® Idaho
  3. Honoring Choices® Indiana
  4. Honoring Choices® Indiana North Central
  5. Honoring Choices® Minnesota
  6. Honoring Choices® Napa Valley
  7. Honoring Choices® North Dakota
  8. Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest
  9. Honoring Choices® Tennessee
  10. Honoring Choices® Virginia
  11. Honoring Choices® Wisconsin
  12. Honoring Choices® Massachusetts

 

April 16- It's NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY! Celebrate with The Conversation Project

April 16- 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:

HESSCO "Pizza & Proxy" Lunch Programs

April, May, June

Sheryl Leary,  Executive Director, HESSCO, has been busy this Spring hosting Pizza & Proxy Lunch Program for many of their community groups:

• Pizza & Proxy for Walpole Council on Aging- which was recorded for a Cable Show

• Pizza & Proxy for Canton Council on Aging- shared the Walpole COA Cable Show.

• Pizza & Proxy at the Lakeside Cafe for LGBTQ Elders and Allies.

• Coming in June- Pizza & Proxy South Asian Lunch Program. See June Events.

 Thank you to HESSCO, Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for South Norfolk County, for making this a fun and informative event accessible to many groups!  Adults use our multi-lingual Health Care Proxy to ensure EVERYONE in the community has equal access to make their care plan. Adults can take home free documents and a "I Have a Health Care Proxy" Wallet Card

 

April- Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard shares the "Five Easy Steps" public service announcement!

Fun Health care Decisions Month Public Service Announcement 

Five Easy Steps Video 

For Consumers and Care Providers

Created by Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard.

Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard (HAMV) believes in the importance of advance care planning, for all adult residents of Martha's Vineyard, and especially for our older adult population. They share a creative and fun public service announcement to celebrate Healthcare Decisions Day called  "5 Easy Steps."  It highlights making your plan starting with MA Healthy Care Proxy.   See the video here.

HAMV is celebrating all Spring on the Vineyard . See their schedule of seminars Here. 

April 20- Lunch & On-line Learning: "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador" Webinar


care providers in the community
Honoring Choices "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador "

All health care, community, faith-based professionals

NO COST.  45 Minute Webinar. Choose one:

April 20, 2022, 12Noon- 12;45pm.  Register Here.

May 3, 2022, 12noon- 12:45pm  Register Here.

June 14, 2022 12:00Noon - 12:45 PM. Register Here.

 

Hosted by Honoring Choices MA

Starting a simple planning conversation is the key to empowering adults to take control of their health care decisions and start to make a personal plan. Come join the 3500 strong Ambassador Network of health care and community professionals. Our popular 45 minute webinar provides up to date information on MA planning documents to confidently engage adults in simple planning conversations to complete a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living). Learn about 5 MA planning documents and our Next Steps Tool Kit.

Tools: The Getting Started Tool Kit and multi-lingual tools, and more.

Certificate: Receive the Honoring Choices MA Health Care Planning Ambassador Certificate.

April - BU School of Social Work and The Center for Aging & Disability Education and Research hosts Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador Webinar


 

 

 

April - Dec 2022  On-line Honoring Choices "Become a Health Care Ambassador."

For Care Providers

“Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador” is now part of Boston University School of Social Work’s (BUSSW) Network for Professional Educational and The Center for Aging & Disability Education and Research (CADER) on-line Learning Catalog. The BU School of Social Work and CADER are committed to enhancing the skills of practitioners in the field of aging and disability at all levels of experience.  Their training and workforce solutions cover a wide range of topics, including key practice areas with older adults, behavioral health and aging, case management practice, and evidence-based practice skills.

The Network for Professional Education at BUSSW invites care professionals statewide and beyond to access the free Health Care Planning Ambassador webinar here.

See more on-line programs in their learning catalogue can be found here

The Center for Aging & Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) is an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner. Read more here. 

April 12-15; 26 & 28- NVNA and Hospice celebrates with Refreshments, Proxy and a Raffle!

April - Week of April 12; and April 26 and 28

Supporting NVNA and Hospice Employees:

Zoom Event Week of April 12; In-Person Events April 26 and April 28

Hosted by NVNA and Hospice

NVNA and Hospice has several activities planned in April to recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day. They are supporting their dedicated employees who especially worked so diligently during the pandemic to help their patients and clients. 

Via Zoom Events: During the week of April 12 , NVNA and Hospice will host clinical staff trainings to help educate staff on selecting an Health Care Agent and completing a Health Care Proxy.

In-Person Events:  NVNA and Hospice is gathering staff to offer dedicated time to enjoy refreshments, ask questions, and complete their own a Health Care Proxy.  Raffle for those who complete a MA Health Care Proxy form. Employees are welcome either:

Tuesday 4/26/22 8 am-9:30 am – Training Room 206

Thursday 4/28/22 3:30 pm-5 pm – Training Room 206

 

 

April- Mental Health Legal Advisors: "When the Doctor Discriminates" a self-help guide

April- May and beyond

New Self-Help Guide

For adults, families, caregivers and providers

 "When the Doctor Discriminates: A Self-Help Guide to Diagnostic Overshadowing" is a new self-help guide provided by Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC). It is a unique resource to consider as we all work together this month to support equal access to quality care.

In this self-help guide, MHLAC reminds us that "health care providers are not permitted to discriminate against you based on your mental illness."  The guide states that unfortunately "providers can fail to treat or inadequately treat the physical symptoms of persons with psychiatric diagnoses because of conscious or unconscious bias. The guide explains that "attributing physical symptoms to mental illness is called diagnostic overshadowing. Diagnostic oversharing and inferior care due to stigma are unlawful discrimination." This self-help guide list the signs of stigma and diagnostic overshadowing, and actions you can take if you believe you or someone  your know is experiencing  mental health bias. 

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) provides legal and policy advocacy for people with mental health challenges throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Read more and download the guide here. 

April - Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Supports Every Adult's Right to Make a Plan.

April and May

Supporting equal access to planning tools.

For adults, families and caregivers.

The Dementia Friendly MA (DFM) initiative, a part of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, (MCOA) is supporting adults, families and caregivers in the 85 plus Dementia Friendly communities to access free planning tools to make a personal health care plan. Additionally, any COA is welcome to co-host a webinar to directly support consumers and care providers in their community. We applaud this ongoing effort to make people living with dementia and those who care about them feel welcomed and supported, as we work together to protect every adult's right to receive care that aligns with their health care choices.  Learn more at dfMassachusetts.org.

 Join a month DFM Zoom call (usually) on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Check the schedule here. View and list latest events and articles related to dementia here.  The Dementia Friendly MA initiative, is funded in part by a grant from the 32PointHealth (formerly Tufts Health Plan Foundation) MCOA. Questions? Contact Patty Sullivan,  Patty@mcoaonline.com.

April 21- Heywood Health co-hosts QUICK START for Patient & Family Advisory Council

April 21, 2022,  9:00-9:30am 

QUICK START Program 30 minute Zoom Webinar

For Patient and Family Advisory Council Members 

Hosted by Heywood Health 

To enhance the knowledge and skills of the Patient and Family Advisory Council Members and celebrate their commitment, Heywood Health is co-hosting a “Quick Start Program:  It’s Quick and Easy to Make a Personal Care Plan.”  The 30 minute webinar focuses on the new Quick Start video (coming shortly) and how to make your own personal plan using the free Getting Started Tool Kit.  Each PFAC member will be able to make their own plan, and offer the video, the tool kit , and multi-lingual tools to others.

 

April 28 - Commonwealth Care Alliance supports all staff to Make a Plan!

April  28, 2022, 4:00-5:00pm

Zoom Webinar for Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) for all staff (non-clinicians)

Co-hosted by by CCA and Honoring Choices MA

Commonwealth Care Alliance is co-hosting a "What's in Your Plan?" webinar for all non-clinicians staff.  The webinar offers CCA staff dedicated time to learn more about making their own personal health care plan. Your plan helps you think about the care you want, tells your family and your clinicians about your goals and care preferences to stay healthy, and your instructions in case of a medical emergency.  We’ll review the step by step process using the HCM Getting Started Tool Kit to complete a free MA Health Care Proxy and MA Personal Directive (Living Will) , and start effective conversations to put your plan into action to receive the best possible care.

 

April - Grow a Strong Family: Equal Access for all Adults, Families, Caregivers!

April Newsletter

For the Grow a Strong Family Community Supporting Families Uprooted by Mental Illness

For adults, families and caregivers

Grow a Strong Family supports those impacted by the serious mental illness and brain disorders of others.  Grow a Strong Family is helping to ensure every adult, family member, caregiver and profession in their community has equal access to the Quick Start Program to make a personal health care plan, by including the 9th Annual April Healthcare Decisions Month FLYER  in their April Newsletter. Having a plan helps everyone! It protects an adult's right to receive care aligned with their goals and care choices.  Grow a Strong Family is based on the strong belief that no one should live in isolation, especially caregivers and families impacted by others with mental illnesses/brain disorders. Learn more and view tools and resources HERE.

 

April 28 - Commonwealth Care Alliance supports clinicians as Health Care Planning Ambassadors!

April  28, 2022, 4:00-5:00pm

Zoom Webinar for Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) Clinicians

Co-hosted by by CCA and Honoring Choices MA

Commonwealth Care Alliance is co-hosting a Health Care Planning Ambassador webinar for their clinical staff and colleagues. All are welcome to have dedicated time to make their own health care plan, and become a certified Health Care Planning Ambassadors to confidently  and routinely start a planning conversation to help others make a care plan. CCA clinicians are joining the 3500 certified Ambassadors who use the Getting Started Tool Kit  and Next Steps Tool Kit to engage adults in powerful planning conversations to complete a MA Heath Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will), and build on their personal plan to get better care to live well with chronic and serious illness.

CCA participants receive a HCM Health Care Planning Ambassador Certificate. Ambassadors receive our monthly e-newsletter with updated tools and the latest information to support their on-going work.

April - Pointing Patients and Provider to Choices: Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

April and May     PatientCareLink (PCL) is a go-to online platform for Massachusetts patients, families, and healthcare providers to access important information about healthcare safety, quality, and care choices. The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) celebrates by  providing great tools and resources such as:

And new this year: MHA has developed an “After the Hospital” guide for patients and healthcare providers to understand their options when transitioning out of acute settings. We know this transition can be challenging and confusing, and our hope is that this guide makes the options involved more transparent and easy to understand.

PatientCareLink is a joint venture of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT, VT, and Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

April - Cape Ann Virtual Senior Center helps broadcast "Now's the Time. Make Your Own Plan."

MOLST form usersApril and May 2022

Cable Channel Broadcast of "Now's the Time. Make Your Own  Plan", Honoring Choices MA  consumer webinar

For adults, families and caregivers

Hosted by Cape Ann Virtual Senior Center  and its member agencies

We are delighted to partner with Cape Ann Virtual Senior Center (CAVSC), to co-host "Now's the Time. Make Your Own Plan", for consumers served by CAVSC member organization:  SeniorCare Inc., Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, Essex Council on Aging, Gloucester Council on Aging, Manchester Council on Aging, and Rockport Council on Aging. Working with Carrie  Johnson, Coordinator, Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, Honoring Choices taped our popular consumer webinar to be broadcast repeatedly on their local cable channel.  It's a great way to reach a diverse, multi-town audience to offer easy and equal access to free planning documents to make a personal care plan.

April 28 - "Managing Money: A Caregiviers Guide to Finances" hosted by the Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Association logoApril 28, 2022, 6-7pm

NEW: Zoom Educational Session

For all adults, families and caregivers

Hosted by Alzheimer's Association

Financial management and how to pay for future care  goes hand in hand with health care planning.  If you or someone you know is facing Alzheimer's Disease or dementia or another chronic illness, it's never too early to put financial plans in place. Join this free educational program to learn tips for managing someone else's finances and how to prepare for the future care costs, and the benefits or early planning.

REGISTER HERE 

Or Call the 24/7 Helpline 800.272.3900.

The 24/7 Helpline is a terrific resource. Clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with dementia, caregivers, families and the public. Read more.

April 29 - Older Adult Behavioral Health Network hosts"Breaking Down Silos: Reframing Aging"

April 29, 2022 , 1:00-3:00 PM

Zoom Webinar "Breaking Down Silos: Reframing Aging

For Care Providers in Mental Health and Older Adults

REGISTER Here

Hosted by Older Adult Behavioral Health Network, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Knowing how to help older adults with mental health issues is essential to ensuring they can access quality care  that honors their care goals and choices.  This is final training of the very popular series,  "Breaking Down Silos: Reframing Aging will be held April 29, 2022  from 1:00-3:00 PM.  The training comes highly recommended for providers in the mental health or older adult service systems, peers, advocates, and anyone who wants to learn more about how to better identify ageism, how to address it, and how to be an agency of change.  It will be led by  Melissa Donegan, LSW, Assistant Director, Healthy Living Center of Excellence at AgeSpan.

 For additional information about the training, please see: https://www.mamh.org/blog/reframing-aging-our-words-matter

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

 

MAY Events - the celebration continues...

May 3 - Lunch & On-line Learning: "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador" Webinar


care providers in the community
Honoring Choices "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador "

All health care, community, faith-based professionals

NO COST.  45 Minute Webinar. Choose one:

May 3, 2022, 12noon- 12:45pm  Register Here.

June 14, 2022 12:00Noon - 12:45 PM. Register Here.

 

Hosted by Honoring Choices MA

Starting a simple planning conversation is the key to empowering adults to take control of their health care decisions and start to make a personal plan. Come join the 3500 strong Ambassador Network of health care and community professionals. Our popular 45 minute webinar provides up to date information on MA planning documents to confidently engage adults in simple planning conversations to complete a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living). Learn about 5 MA planning documents and our Next Steps Tool Kit.

Tools: The Getting Started Tool Kit and multi-lingual tools, and more.

Certificate: Receive the Honoring Choices MA Health Care Planning Ambassador Certificate.

May 4 - Become a Dementia Friends Champion! Help Adults Live Well with Dementia.

May 4, 2022, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Zoom Meeting. Free of charge

Register HERE 

Hosted by Dementia Friends MA

It's a great time to celebrate the season and become a Dementia Friends Champion! Dementia Friends is a global public awareness movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia here in Massachusetts. Participate in a free Zoom “Champion” training that will give you the knowledge and materials you need to lead your own information session for family, friends, colleagues, or your broader community. Information sessions are interactive workshops that focus on five key messages about living with dementia, and the simple ways we can each make a difference in our communities. Sessions are appropriate for youth and adults, and available in nine languages. To learn more, watch this 2-minute video. Please contact Beth at bsoltzberg@jfcsboston.org or visit us at www.dementiafriendsma.org with any questions about Dementia Friends Massachusetts.

 

May - Life Care Advocates Celebrate Making a Plan During National Aging Life Care Month

What is important to you? What do you value? How do you want to live?

These are questions Life Care Advocates, our long time partner, explores with adults and families in order to help them make a personal care plan during our Spring celebration. Their staff is trained to use the Honoring Choices care planning tools to engage adults in effective planning conversations.

May is also National Aging Life Care Month, where Life Care Advocates continue to help adults make a plan and provide services to ease the burden of family caregiving and help older adults age in place. They provide brief consultations, assessments and recommendations, as well as ongoing oversight and monitoring.

Visit www.aginglifecare.org to learn more.

May 10 - MA- RI Partnership: Improving Cross -State Care with Tools for Effective Conversations

Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00am-10:30am

Special virtual event for Massachusetts and Rhode Island Care Providers

Register HERE 

Co-hosted by: Healthcentric Advisors and Honoring Choices MA and the  New England Healthy Living Collective.

Adults and families regularly cross state borders to access different health care providers, and to stay healthy, manage chronic illness, and live well with serious illness. Massachusetts and Rhode Island leaders are working together to ensure we can engage all adults in effective planning conversations from simple to serious illness, and provide timely, high quality care no matter where an individual lives and receives care. learn about the latest state specific planning documents and nationally recognized conversation tools, and an update on POLST- MOLST Programs.

Attendees will receive links to:

  1. MA Honoring Choices Getting Started Tool Kit
  2. Rhode Island Planning Tool Kit
  3. Guides for serious illness conversations for care providers and consumers
  4. Consumer decision making guide for hospital-nursing facility transfers
  5. National POLST materials

 

May 17 - The Boston Public Library hosts "Now's the Time. Make Your own Plan!"

May 17, 2022, 11am-12Noon

Zoom Webinar "Now's the Time. Make Your Own Care Plan"

No cost.  Register Here.

For all consumers

Co-hosted by Sophie Leveque, Reference Librarian II, Health & Human Services Specialist,  Boston Public Library.

The Boston Public Library is celebrating Healthcare Decisions Day by co-hosting free webinar open to all consumers to learn how to make your own health care plan. The webinar will provide a simple 3 step process to make your own plan to complete a MA health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will). Participants can download the Getting Started Tool Kit. The Health Care Proxy is available in 15 languages. For more information contact Sophie at sleveque@bpl.org

Register here. 

 

May 24 - "Now's the Time! Make Your Own Plan", hosted by the Sudbury Senior Center

May 24, 2022, 12:30-1:30 

Zoom Webinar. No Cost.

For Consumers

Hosted by Sudbury Senior Center

Join us for a fun and informative webinar to learn how to make your own personal health care plan using the Honoring Choices MA Getting Started Tool Kit.  Participants receive the tool kit which includes a MA Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive(Living Will). Bring your questions for a lively discussion. Registration is required by calling 978-443-3055 or email at senior@sudbury.ma.us

 

 

June Events - Webinars and a Call to Action for Home & Community Care

June 8- Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Supports Every Adult's Right to Make a Plan.

Wednesday, June 8th, 1 -2:30 pm

Dementia Friendly MA (DFM)  monthly meeting 


Special guest, Ellen DiPaola, from Honoring Choices Massachusetts (HCM) will be joining the DFM meeting to discuss how to help older adults living with Dementia and Caregivers take control of their health care choices. 
The Dementia Friendly MA (DFM) initiative, a part of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, (MCOA) is supporting adults, families and caregivers in the 85 plus Dementia Friendly communities to access free planning tools to make a personal health care plan. Honoring Choices supports  individual COAs to co-host a webinar to directly support consumers and care providers in their community. 

 Join a month DFM Zoom call (usually) on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Check the schedule here. View and list latest events and articles related to dementia here.  The Dementia Friendly MA initiative, is funded in part by a grant from the 32PointHealth (formerly Tufts Health Plan Foundation) MCOA. Questions? Contact Patty Sullivan,  Patty@mcoaonline.com.

April- June. HESSCO "Pizza & Proxy" Lunch Programs

April, May, June

A special thanks to Sheryl Leary, Executive Director, HESSCO, who has been hosting Pizza & Proxy Lunch Programs for many of their community groups all Spring. HESSCO, Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for South Norfolk County, hosted:

  • Pizza & Proxy for Walpole Council on Aging- which was recorded for their Cable Show.
  • Pizza & Proxy for Canton Council on Aging- shared the Walpole COA Cable Show.
  • Pizza & Proxy at the Lakeside Café for LGBTQ Elders and Allies.
  • Coming in June- Pizza & Proxy South Asian Lunch Program.

Thank you Sheryl and HESSCO's committed staff for making this fun and informative event accessible to many groups!  A great event to do year round! 

 

 

June 14 - Lunch & On-line Learning: "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador" Webinar


care providers in the community
Honoring Choices "Become a Health Care Planning Ambassador "

All health care, community, faith-based professionals welcome

NO COST.  45 Minute Webinar. Choose one:

June 14, 2022 12:00Noon - 12:45 PM. Register Here.

Starting a simple planning conversation is the key to empowering adults to take control of their health care decisions and start to make a personal plan. Come join the 3500 strong Ambassador Network of health care and community professionals. Our popular 45 minute webinar provides up to date information on MA planning documents to confidently engage adults in simple planning conversations to complete a Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living). Learn about 5 MA planning documents and our Next Steps Tool Kit.

Tools: The Getting Started Tool Kit and multi-lingual tools, and more.

Certificate: Receive the Honoring Choices MA Health Care Planning Ambassador Certificate.

June 16 - Elevating the Role of Community Palliative Care Clinicians in Advanced Care Planning and Serious Illness Conversations

Date: June 16, 2022, 3-4pm. An Interactive  Panel Discussion and  Call to Action!

Who: Multi-disciplinary Home and Community Based Palliative and Hospice Care Providers & Administrators

No Cost. Continuing Education Credits pending for nurses and social workers.

This dynamic panel of APRN, RN & LICSW professionals will discuss strategies to work at the top of your license to help adults make a plan and receive timely palliative care and other services in their community.  Your expertise is needed! The panel will ask for feedback to upgrade protocols that remove institutional barriers and elevate the role of the care professionals to align with best practices.

Tools: Receive a packet of  tools and conversations guides to engage adults in conversations from simple to serious illness.

Co-Sponsors: Hospice & Palliative Care Fed/MA; Norwell VNA & Hospice; JSI Southeast & Central MA Palliative Care Workgroups, and Honoring Choices.

Download Flyer 

Register Here

 

June 28 - Become a Dementia Friends Champion! Help Adults Live Well with Dementia.

June 28, 2022, 9:30am-12 Noon. 

Zoom Meeting. Free of charge

Register by June 27. Register Here

Hosted by Dementia Friends MA

It's a great time to celebrate the season and become a Dementia Friends Champion! Dementia Friends is a global public awareness movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia here in Massachusetts. Participate in a free Zoom “Champion” training that will give you the knowledge and materials you need to lead your own information session for family, friends, colleagues, or your broader community. Information sessions are interactive workshops that focus on five key messages about living with dementia, and the simple ways we can each make a difference in our communities. Sessions are appropriate for youth and adults, and available in nine languages. To learn more, watch this 2-minute video. Please contact Beth at bsoltzberg@jfcsboston.org or visit us at www.dementiafriendsma.org with any questions about Dementia Friends Massachusetts.