Patient and Family Rights

“A Hospice of Washington County Patient has the right to be informed of his or her rights, and to be protected and encouraged to use these rights.”

A list of rights guaranteed to all patient including what must be provided to a person who is receiving care.

  • The right to receive services without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, national origin, color, mental or physical disabilities or ethical choices.

  • The right to receive information covered under the hospice or palliative care benefit.

  • The right to receive information about the services that Hospice of Washington County will provide and any limitations on those services.

  • The right to be informed of Advanced Directives and expect HWC to comply with the wishes set forth by them.

  • The right and responsibility to participate in decisions regarding the planning and implementation of their care and treatment. This includes honest answers to all questions.

  • The right to refuse any specific treatments or medications after a full explanation of the possible medical consequence of the decision.

  • The right to an interdisciplinary plan of care which reflects their unique individual physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs and preferences.

  • The right to choose an attending physician of their choice.

  • The right to be as pain and symptom free as medically possible.

  • The right to be educated regarding the disease process, appropriate cares and treatments, and the HWC philosophy.

  • The right to expect strict confidentiality of clinical records, other information about their identity, health status, social or financial circumstances, and about occurrences in the home. All information will be held within the constrains of the team when special permission is granted.

  • The right to be assured that HWC will support and protect the human and legal rights of each individual.

  • The right to have personal privacy and property respected.

  • The right to voice grievances without fear of discrimination or reprisal for having done so.

  • The right to die peacefully and with dignity.

  • The right to grief support services for the loved ones following the patients death

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