Patient Bill of Rights

As a person facing the end of my life, I have the right to:

  • Be treated as a living human being until I die.
  • Live free of pain.
  • Participate in the decisions that affect me and my quality of life.
  • 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 must 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 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.
 
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