Aged Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Self-Care
As part of the Aged Care COVID-19 Grief and Trauma support package developed by the Department of Health, Phoenix Australia is developing a range of trauma-informed care resources packages.
The online program of work will contain three resource packages:
- Trauma-informed care policy resources for organisations, including frameworks, workbooks and self-assessment tools.
- Trauma-informed care practice resources for staff, including providing aged care that is trauma informed as well as self-care. This does not include training on trauma counselling or accreditation, but how to be trauma aware and provide support in the management of trauma associated behaviours when providing care.
o Care for others resources will include videos, webinars and online training and information for staff on a variety of topics including background on trauma, responses to trauma, understating trauma and dementia, and guidance on when and how to seek help.
o Self-Care for the workforce exposed to trauma in the course of their work will include education on acknowledging traumatic stressors; providing peer support, self-care strategies and resources; with referral options for additional support. An evidence based online wellbeing program will teach skills to deal with stress and trauma and will include mental health screens to self-assess mental health preventing development of depression and PTSD.
- Trauma awareness and support resources for residents and their families; including videos, plain language information and animations on understanding trauma, guidance on when to seek help, self-care strategies and resources to assist with caring for a loved one affected by trauma.
A wealth of information is available on this website about dealing with trauma. We will be adding specific aged care COVID-19 resources in the next few weeks.