Guest speaks of dying with dignity
Posted Nov 1, 2012 By Diane Sherman
Patient dignity is essential. A good palliative care giver asks the patient: "What should I know about you as a person that will help me take the best care of you that I can?" Jilks points out family, friends and professional care givers need to pursue this information with ABCD: A -attitude, B -behaviour, C -compassion and D -dialogue. "Of course one needs to get this out of the way before the patient is incapacitated or cannot reason. Once your loved one is declared incompetent, someone needs to be in charge!"