Honoring Your Rights
Caring Circle recognizes that you have fundamental rights as you continue to live your life as fully as possible. We are committed to personally honor and protect your rights as well as encourage and guide others to respect them.
Right to Be in Control
Grant me the right to make as many decisions as possible regarding my care. Please do not take choices from me. Let me make my own decisions.
Right to Have a Sense of Purpose
I have lost my job. I can no longer fulfill my role in my family. Please help me find some sense of purpose in my last days.
Right to Reminisce
There has been pleasure in my life, moments of pride, and moments of love. Please give me some time to recollect those moments. Please listen to my recollections.
Right to Be Comfortable
The pain involved in dying is multifaceted. Although not all my pain can be taken away, please relieve whatever portion you can.
Right to Touch and Be Touched
Sometimes I need distance, yet sometimes I have a strong need to be close. When I want to reach out, please come to me and hold me as I hold you.
Right to Laugh
People often — far too often — come to me wearing masks of seriousness. Although dying, I still need to laugh. Please laugh with me and help others to laugh as well.
Right to Be Angry and Sad
For me, it is difficult to leave behind all of my attachments and all that I love. Please allow me the opportunity to be angry and sad.
Right to Have a Respected Spirituality
Whether I am questioning or affirming, doubting or praising, I sometimes need your ear, a non-judging ear. Please let my spirit travel its journey without judging its direction.
Right to Hear the Truth
If you withhold the truth from me, you will treat me as if I am no longer living. I am still living, and I need to know the truth about my life. Please help me find that truth.
Right to Be in Denial
It is my right not to accept the truth when I hear it. Please honor this right along with all of these other rights. One day you, too, will want the same rights.
In addition, you also have a legal Patient Bill of Rights 2015 that we will share with you and uphold. Your rights are very important to us. If you or your caregivers ever have questions or concerns, please contact us.