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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: 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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