Individual-Served Bill of Rights
Hospice palliative care providers support an integrated approach to care focused squarely on the right of individual choice in determining how to address their unique needs and desires for support. They adhere to a standard set of criteria that recognize the importance of individuals in the provision of care. We will respect the rights of each individual, caregiver and family member. While we will do our best to provide excellence in our work, the provision of care is a partnership.
As an individual facing the end of my life, I have the right to:
Be treated as a living human being with dignity and respect until I die
Be as comfortable as possible physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually
Maintain the highest possible quality of life.
Participate in the decisions that affect my treatments and quality of life and make choices regarding my care.
Have my decisions and choices respected and followed, even though they may be contrary to the wishes of others.
Be treated with openness and honesty without deception or half-truths.
Receive ongoing medical and nursing care even though the goals will be changed from cure to comfort.
Express my feelings and emotions about my approaching death in my own way.
Maintain a sense of hopefulness, however changing its focus might be.
Be cared for by those who can maintain a sense of hopefulness, however changing its focus might be.
Discuss and enlarge my spiritual and religious experiences, regardless of what they mean to others.
Be cared for by compassionate, sensitive and knowledgeable people who will attempt to understand my needs, values and preferences and try to meet them.
Receive support from and for my loved-ones in learning how to accept my death.
Die in peace and with dignity.