Health Care Planning Resources

Start Simply with the Who's Your Agent? Program Tool Kits

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Getting Started Tool Kit

  • MA Health Care Proxy form
  • MA Personal Directive (Living Will) form
  • "I Have a Health Care Proxy" Wallet Card
  • Start a Simple Conversation To Stay Well
    •  Handy Consumer Conversation Guide 1

Download the Getting Started Tool Kit

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Next Steps Tool Kit

  • Build on your conversations from simple to serious illness
    •  Handy Consumer Conversation Guides 1-4
  • Update & Add Documents. Learn about-
    • Durable Power of Attorney; MOLST; CC/DNR
  • Let's Talk about Palliative Care and Hospice Care

Download the Next StepsTool Kit

Download Information, FAQs and Conversation Guides Here!

Frequently Asked Questions

Capacity and Decision-Making 


Care Planning: Health Care Planning vs. Advance Care Planning 

  • What is Health Care Planning verses Advance Care Planning?

Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR)

Durable Power of Attorney 


Serious Illness Care

Supported Decision Making

Terms & Tips to Understand Health Care Planning

Who’s Your Agent? Program


PLUS: Lists of Short Q/A Articles by Contributing Experts

Planning Documents and Videos

Webpages With Downloads & Information

5 Massachusetts Care Planning Documents

Every state has different laws and different planning documents. These are the planning documents we use in Massachusetts.  Learn about the documents here and use the tool kits below to make your plan.

Health Care Proxy

Choose a trusted Health Care Agent to make care decisions. Appoint in a Health Care Proxy.

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Personal Directive (Living Will)

Write down what's important to you and instructions for the care you want.

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Durable Power of Attorney

Choose a trusted person to make financial decisions for you and pay for the care you need.

Read More 

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Seriously ill patients talk with clinicians about their treatment decisions and document choices.

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Comfort Care / Do Not Resuscitate Order

Seriously ill patients talk with clinicians about resuscitation and document choices.

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Multi-lingual Documents, Tools & Videos

Helpful Webpages

Lifetime Health Care Planning Roadmap

See how the health care planning works at every phase of health- from promoting everyday wellness, to managing health needs and chronic illness, and living well with serious illness. Read more about the Roadmap.

Who's Your Agent? for Care Providers

Our Who's Your Agent? Program for Care Providers and Professionals is a one-stop overview of our structured approach to health care planning. It has everything you need to confidently engage adults in conversations from simple to serious illness, and  make a care plan for the best possible care. Read about the Program for Care Providers.

Get Help In Your Community

Meet the Community Partners in 7 regions of the state. They can help you make a personal plan and connect you to care in your community.  Find a Partner in your community.

New England Planning Documents

Download state-specific documents from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Read more about New England documents.

Serious Illness Care

Learn about serious illness care, how to have planning conversations, and consider a MOLST or CC/DNR form. NEW: the POLST Program coming soon. Read more about Serious Illness Care.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care helps people with serious illness have an extra layer of support to relive the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Helps families too. Read more about Palliative  Care.