Family / Close others
In this scene, you will see Jeff with Amelia, his disability support worker, and Lynne, his sister.
Applying the Framework
Short Stay Units are designated areas within or close to the Emergency Department.
They may seem very similar to the Emergency Department, such as having cubicles for each patient.
They allow additional time (up to 24 hours) for assessment, observation and short-term treatment.
You will need to
repeat information with new hospital staff that you and your family member meet as you move through the hospital
ask questions of hospital staff and communicate the answers to your family member in ways they can understand
let hospital staff know your concerns about how your family member responds to changes, such as moving to new locations
Collaborating is when you
share information with disability support workers who might be present
share the support of your family member with the direct support worker
explain your concerns to hospital staff
Your family member will feel supported when you
advocate for their needs, such as time to prepare them for a transition to another part of the hospital
calmly explain upcoming changes
Knowing something about the hospital system will be useful background when you accompany a person with intellectual disability to hospital.
People with intellectual disabilities are usually comfortable when in familiar surroundings with familiar people. They can become anxious when moving to a new place in a hospital after they have settled. You can reassure them if you know about upcoming transitions and explain them to the person in ways they understand. Picture supports, such as those that might be part of a person's AAC system, can be used to help them understand what is about to happen and give them a way to communicate. Even if the person does not understand what is being said, your use of their communication system can include and reassure them.
You can find information in Resources about Augmentative and Alternative Communication, communication and people with intellectual disabilities, and hospital short stay units.
These are provided to support your learning, individually or in a group. You can write responses in the workbook sections available for download.
This section has focused on just one type of transition that can occur at points along the hospital journey. Respond to the following - you can write your responses in the workbook.
Describe Lynne's reaction to Jeff being told he was moving to another location.
Compare her reaction to your own if you have been or might be in a similar situation.
List questions you may have had for George.
Describe how George responded to Lynne and Amelia's questions and his willingness to collaborate with them.