Design & Dignity
Transforming End-of-Life Care in Hospitals One Room at a Time
Design & Dignity is grounded in the firm belief that the end of life should be recognised as a time of the most intense human feelings, which can include sadness, loss, anxiety and fear. These feelings should not have to be endured in inappropriate surroundings: a busy corridor, a waiting room, a ward reception area, where others may be chatting and laughing.
The aim of Design & Dignity is to:
- Transform the way hospital spaces are designed for people at the end of life and their families.
- Create exemplar end-of-life care facilities in public hospitals and set the standard for other hospitals to follow.
- Foster a sense of ownership of the hospital environment through engagement with hospital staff in the design process.
Design & Dignity is a partnership project of the Irish Hospice Foundation and Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) Estates.
‘Before we had these rooms, we’d have to bring families from the room where we break the bad news to them on to the corridor’
Cliona O’Beirne, Clinical Nurse Manager, St James Hospital