Design & Dignity Style Book
It is a fact that almost half of all people die in acute hospitals. While hospital staff strive to provide the best possible care for people at the end of their lives, the physical environment of hospitals can detract from the dignity afforded to patients and their families.
The Design & Dignity style book aims to provide guidance to hospital staff, patient representatives and architects involved in building projects relating to end-of-life care in hospitals. The style book should be read in conjunction with the Design & Dignity Guidelines for Physical Environments Supporting End-of-Life Care – these guidelines have been adopted by the HSE for all new building and refurbishment projects.
The style book examines:
- General Guidance for Design & Dignity Projects
- Family Rooms
- Bereavement Suites In Emergency Departments (Including Viewing Areas)
- Public Spaces in Mortuaries
- General Ward Environment Improvements
- Sensory Gardens
- Palliative Care Suites
For a print version of this style book please click here.
For the individual guidelines on palliative care suites, emergency department bereavement suites, public spaces in mortuaries and hospital family rooms please click the individual images below. These guidelines have been adopted by the HSE for all new building and refurbishment projects.
This style book is a live document and will be updated as the Design & Dignity Project evolves.
“The family room is a wonderful addition to the ward – there was nowhere to relax when I was here. The pictures are beautiful and a great addition to the room”