Right before the pandemic took hold in early 2020, nursing homes across the United States were working to comply with the CMS requirement to offer care in a way that is trauma-informed, culturally competent, and person-directed.
I had been working with The Eden Alternative(R) and other organizations to share information about emotional trauma and provide tools to create a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive environment.
The pandemic swept through the world and priorities shifted to keeping Elders and staff safe, and there was a scramble to retain workers. Ironically, the pandemic itself imposed significant trauma on health care staff who were overworked and exhausted, and who witnessed suffering and death both on the job and in their own lives.
There is a lot more I could write about these past few years and how they’ve affected those of us who work in aging and Elder care services. For today’s post, however, I want to simply provide two resources:
- The first is a link to some educational and consulting services that I offer to organizations on a limited basis. That information can be found HERE.
- The second is a packet of handouts that will help any organization get started with the process of creating a trauma-informed care environment. This benefits staff as well as residents or clients! You can find the free handouts, complied from government resources, HERE.
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