Published August 5, 2022
Kudos to ITTIC Co-Director Samantha Koury and Clinical Professor Susan Green on the publication of their article, "Creating trauma-informed long-term care organizations" in Caring for the Ages.
Koury, S. P., & Green, S. A. (2022). Creating trauma-informed long-term care organizations. Caring for the Ages, 23(2), 10-11.
Trauma-informed long-term care organizations recognize that residents, patients, family members, and staff may have histories of adversity and trauma that impact their experiences within the dailiness of the organization. Similar to how health care professionals put on gloves as a universal precaution when there is a chance that they may be exposed to pathogens, being trauma-informed involves metaphorically putting on gloves by being intentional about how we do our work.
When we recognize that those who have experienced trauma may perceive ill intentions or threatening interactions in practices that may be commonplace in health care, we are able to choose to intentionally respond to everyone with universal precautions by ensuring the five trauma-informed values and principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, while also promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.