Dignity in Care
Dignity, Older People, Health & Social Care
Fragmentation of health and social care, scarcity of resources and reductionist approaches can all dehumanise and desensitise staff. In health and social care, these factors have sometimes led to people being treated as objects, rather than as individual human beings, resulting in detrimental effects on their well-being.
- Dignity, Older People, Health and Social Care - Findings from a European Research Project
Dignity as a Fundamental Human Right
The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (1948), states:
“All human beings are born free, equal in dignity and human rights”.
Similarly, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000) has as its first article
‘The dignity of the human person must be respected and protected’.
Yet the human rights of older people are sometimes violated and ignored when entering health and social care facilities.
The core human rights that all health care professionals and workers must recognise are the right to freedom, the right to respect for one’s dignity and the right to be treated with equality and fairness.
All health care professionals and workers have a legal duty to protect the individual’s Human Rights.
What are we doing in Wales?
In Wales, the National Dignity in Care Programme was launched on October 1st 2007.
Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has been taking the Dignity in Care Programme forward with a local initiative between partners in Anglesey.