Make a Health Care Plan and Connect to Person-Centered Care
April is Health Care Decisions Month (See flyer)
Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging has partnered with Honoring Choices Massachusetts to bring you up-to-date health care planning information, MA documents & tools, and discussion guides.
It’s Your Health Care. It’s Your Choice.
All competent adults, 18 years old and older, have the right to make their own health care choices and make a personal health care plan. A Health Care Plan is your road map to promote everyday wellness, plan for the future, and receive the best possible care that honors your choices all through your life.
How Do I Make a Health Care Plan?
Honoring Choices has an easy to use 3-Step Planning Guide to help you make a plan and get connect to person-centered care in your community. See www.honoringchoicesmass.com
The 3 Step Planning Guide helps you to:
- Step 1: EXPLORE. Consider information and reflect on your values & beliefs to make choices for care,
- Step 2: PLAN. Use the Tool Kits & 5 Massachusetts planning documents to communicate your choices,
- Step 3: CONNECT. Put your plan into action to promote everyday wellness and honor your choices.
What’s in Your Plan?
Here are the 5 care planning documents we use in Massachusetts. You can downlaond and print individually, or use the do-it-yourself “Who’s Your Agent?” Program Tools Kits below:
- Massachusetts Health Care Proxy. A legal document in which you choose your Health Care Agent to make health care decisions on your behalf, if you are unable to make health care decisions yourself;
- Personal Directive or Living Will. A personal document, not legally binding, to give your Health Care Agent instructions and information about the kind of care you want;
- Massachusetts Durable Power of Attorney. A legal document in which you choose a trusted person to make financial decisions on your behalf, if you are unable to make financial decisions yourself;
- Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). A medical order and form for adults with serious advancing illness to document their choices about life-sustaining treatments;
- Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Order (CC/DNR). A medical order and form to document your choice to receive comfort care measures, but not to have medical personnel attempt to restart your heart beat and breathing if your heart beat and breathing stop.
How Do I Get Started?
Our Who’s Your Agent? public awareness and engagement program helps adults open the door to lifelong health care planning discussions. Here are 2 Tools Kits to help start discussions and make a plan:
- Getting Started Tool Kit. Adults choose a Health Care Agent in a Health Care Proxy and give your Agent instructions for care in a Personal Directive. Forms and discussion guides included. CLICK HERE.
- Next Steps Tool Kit. Adults build on their planning discussions and add/revise planning documents as their health needs and choices change over time. Discussion guides included. CLICK HERE.
To read more, go to www.honoringchoicesmass.com
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“What’s in Your Health Care Plan?” is part of the Honoring Choices Who’s Your Agent?® Program
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