Some fear purple ring symbol in facilities could stigmatize dementia patients

April 5, 2017

The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba fears that a purple ring symbol in healthcare facilities could stigmatize dementia patients, according to the CBC website.

A symbol that would be hung in or outside the room of a patient with dementia is intended to improve workplace safety in Manitoba healthcare facilities.

The rings tell staff that the individual has been violent in the past. 

"It really compromises the privacy of that individual, it further stigmatizes them, and actually, in my opinion, it could lead to decreased quality of care," Wendy Schettler of the Alzheimer Society said in the article.

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