Aged Care Workforce
Working in aged care can be rewarding but also difficult, particularly if the people in your care have experienced trauma. There are simple things you can do to help an older person affected by trauma feel safe and get the help that they need, while also supporting your own wellbeing.
Trauma, Loss and Grief
Sadly, grief and loss are common for people in aged care and can be caused by the death of a loved one, health issues, leaving their home or losing their independence. This can make underlying trauma (such as childhood abuse or experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic) more difficult, leading to ongoing distress and other problems. You can make a difference by knowing when to tell a supervisor that the person in your care needs professional help.
What Do I Need to Know? Fact Sheet Trauma, loss and grief in older people:
What Do I Need to Do? Fact Sheet Trauma, Grief and Loss video
Trauma, Grief and Loss
Many older Australians have experienced trauma, grief and loss in their life. Watching this brief video about the effects of trauma on older people will help you to understand their needs.
Information about Trauma and Dementia
People living with dementia can have difficulty coping with loss and trauma because it’s harder for them to communicate, make sense of painful memories or feel safe. Find out how you can support people living with both dementia and trauma.
Trauma and Dementia
What can you do to improve the quality of life of someone who has dementia and who has also experienced trauma? Watch this video to learn simple things you can do to help them feel safer, stronger and more in control.
Providing Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma-informed care is a way to support older people who have experienced trauma without taking on a counselling or mental health role. It includes thinking about how trauma can affect someone’s behaviour, being aware of their reminders of traumatic events and giving them choices about how and when you provide their care.
What is Trauma-Informed Care?
Watch this short video to learn key aspects of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).
Understanding TIC can help improve your day-to-day interactions with residents and their loved ones.
When working with someone with trauma, it’s important to build a safe and trusting relationship. Watch this video to learn how to build a sense of connection with older people, even during brief interactions.
Wellbeing and Self-Care
Working with people who have experienced trauma can impact on your health and wellbeing, as well as expose you to trauma at work. Learn how to support your own wellbeing while caring for others.
Webinar SOLAR Wellbeing Program