Healthcare Proxy

Healthcare Proxy

A healthcare proxy is a legal document that allows you to choose a person (an "agent") who can make decisions about your medical care in the event you become unable to make those decisions for yourself.

An organization entitled, The Conversation Project, was developed to help people talk with loved ones openly and honestly about your end of life wishes. Their website provides several starter kits that contain facts and tips on how to have this important conversation, whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.

In addition to the starter kits, there is a user guide that offers advise on choosing or being a healthcare proxy, and many real life examples of "the conversation". Read more or download a starter kit at

To obtain a copy of the healthcare proxy form for Massachusetts, go to the Massachusetts Medical Society website.

An Important Conversation

Father and son talking

Don't wait to have a conversation with family members and/or a friend about your healthcare wishes when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Watch this video to learn more about a healthcare proxy and why it is important to have this conversation. The discussion panel includes a family physician, an attorney, physician assistant, care management director, social worker and chaplain.

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