Health Care Planning

What’s In Your Health Care Plan?

Health Care Planning Information and Tools


Massachusetts Assisted Living Association, Mass-ALA has partnered with Honoring Choices Massachusetts to bring you up-to-date health care planning information and Massachusetts planning tools.

What is Health Care Planning?

Health care planning is not one document nor one conversation, but a life process to promote everyday wellness, plan for the future, and get the best possible person-centered care all through your life. It’s both:


  • Everyday Care Planning with your care providers to talk about your care goals and choices;
  • Advance Care Planning to choose a health care agent, and write down your choices for care in Massachusetts planning documents.


Together everyday and advance care planning create your health care plan (“plan”). Your plan is your personal roadmap for quality care that protects your right to get the care you want. It also supports your family in knowing how to care for you, and helps your care providers match care to your values and choices at every phase of health.

How Do I Make a Plan?

Honoring Choices has an easy to use 3-Step Planning Guide to help you or a loved one to make a plan, and get connected to person-centered care in your community. The 3 Step Guide helps you to:


  • Step 1: EXPLORE. Consider information and reflect on your beliefs to make choices for care,
  • Step 2: PLAN. Use Massachusetts planning documents to communicate your choices, and
  • Step 3: CONNECT. Put your plan into action to promote wellness and honor your choices.


Read more about the 3-Step Planning Guide at

What’s in Your Plan?

Here are the 5 planning documents we use in Massachusetts. You can start to make a plan at 18 years old, and add and update the following documents as your health needs change:


How Do I Get Started?

A good place to start is by choosing a trusted person to be your health care agent. Honoring Choices has an easy to use Health Care Proxy Tool Kit.

To download a free kit, click here.