“Dignity of Risk”

“Dignity of risk” means respecting each individual’s autonomy and self-determination (or “dignity”) to make choices for himself or herself. The concept means that all adults have the right to make their own choices about their health and care, even if healthcare professionals believe these choices endanger the person’s health or longevity. Clinicians in the DCP model of care are charged with helping members implement and monitor the Individualized Plan of Care Plan (IPC) based on the individual’s choices and preferences.  For example, an individual may choose to continue smoking despite the known risks.  She or he may also continue to live alone, without a Personal Care Assistant (PCA), or with only intermittent support, even if others don’t “approve” or if they consider the choice unsafe.