Episode 263 - Dr. Nancy Kusmaul: Trauma-Informed Care in Residential Long-Term Care for Older Adults

Monday, May 06, 2019, 9:07:18 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Nancy Kusmaul defines trauma-informed care within residential long-term care, and describes regulations that will soon require skilled nursing facilities receiving federal funding to incorporate trauma-informed principles into person-centered care. Dr. Kusmaul compares and contrasts how trauma-informed care is viewed in residential long-term care settings as opposed to other social work settings, and why trauma-informed care is critical when working with older adults. The episode concludes by emphasizing social work’s role in long-term care, and how social workers can create environments that eliminate or mitigate triggers that have the potential to cause re-traumatization.

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Average Rating: 4stars  trauma-informed-care, Saturday, February 08, 2020

By Latoya Thomas-Merchant :

This podcast on Trauma-Informed care for older adults in residential setting is very informative. It provides clarity and more understanding of trauma-informed care and what our elderly population may face in nursing homes. Trauma informed care for older adults living in residential setting are often times overlooked. Caregivers are more focused on providing physical care which does not necessarily provide the needs for trauma patients. Working in the health care field as a nursing assistant, I have patients that have been traumatize at some point in their lives causing them to develop PTSD. It is imperative to include trauma informed care into patient center care because it tries to address the needs of these individuals and equip the staff with knowledge and guidelines or procedures that would better aid patients. Dr. Kusmaul’s highlighted that health care setting can mimic previous traumatic experiences. This is a very interesting point being made because when an elderly person becomes less independent and living in a healthcare setting they feel powerless and may feel depress because of the loss of mobility and freedom. With that being said, caregivers should try to pay close attention to patients change in mood and by keeping residents fully engaged in daily activities.

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Average Rating: 5stars  older adults and trauma-informed care, Monday, May 06, 2019

By Anonymous :

Dr. Kusmaul addresses an issue, trauma-informed care in residential settings, especially significant to the aging baby boomers and their parents. Her straightforward manner and relevant examples highlight teaching and inter-professional research opportunities for social workers and other helping professionals. Further, Dr. Kusmaul's comments suggest the need to advocate for consumer-based changes to long-term care regulations so as to enhance the empowerment, dignity, and self-worth of residents.

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