Dignity and privacy are two vital, intertwined themes that run throughout end of life care. We all have a right to dignity and privacy in our lives, and that doesn’t change at the end of a person’s life; indeed it may become an even more enhanced priority.
The definitions of both words (as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary), offer an important insight into the practicalities that are involved in affording a person their dignity and privacy:
Dignity: “The state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect”
Privacy: “A state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people”
Both definitions also provide an indication of the sensitivities that exist as you support a person by ensuring their dignity and privacy is respected.
Contents of this mini book:
The importance of dignity and privacy
Why might dignity and privacy be compromised?
How can you respect a person’s dignity and privacy
When the person’s voice needs your support
Equal access to health and social care – a right, not a luxury
Your role as an advocate for the person you support
Independence of choice and control in end of life care
Why maintaining independence of choice and control is important
How to maintain independence of choice and control