Being treated with dignity and respect is vital for our wellbeing as it makes us feel valued and worthy. The National Dignity Council believe that 'Dignity is Everybody's Business' and as such we have the power to affect change on both an individual and an organisational basis to ensure that everyone is treated in a dignified and respectful manner.
Whenever news breaks that highlights poor standards of care in hospitals, care homes and in people's own homes we are all likely to be horrified and wonder how it can happen. When we are choosing a care or health service we want to know that dignity and compassion are respected and that human rights are considered as paramount.
Throughout our lives, as well as at the end of life we need to know that individuals are treated with the utmost of compassion and that they and their relatives are supported in a sensitive manner.