Hospitalisation of people living in disability supported accommodation

How do hospital staff provide quality care to a person with a disability who cannot use or understand language? Or a person with autism becoming agitated in a busy Emergency Department?

Approximately 6 per cent of Victorians have a severe or profound disability. People with a severe or profound disability experience significant health disadvantage and access hospital services at a greater rate than the general population. Hospitalisation and emergency department presentation for people with severe or profound disability is sometimes very stressful for those involved.

Hospitalisation of people living in disability supported accommodation services is a quick, easy guide for busy hospital staff and disability support workers. The guide contains information relevant to all people with severe or profound disability. It has a focus on people living in disability accommodation services because there are some additional considerations for this group of people. The guide aims to help hospital staff and disability support workers:

  • Uphold human rights and optimise treatment outcomes for people with severe and profound disability
  • Minimise avoidable protracted length of stay, re-admission and Emergency Department presentation.

A two-sided summary of the guide is available for quick reference.

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