Disability Support Workers play an important role in planning for, and supporting people with cognitive disability when they go to hospital for a planned or unplanned (emergency) admission. Good communication between the person, their family, guardian, hospital staff and disability professionals is essential. This can make a significant difference to the person’s health outcomes, their hospital experience and their quality of life.
The Admission2Discharge (A2D) Together Folder is designed to assist Disability Support Workers, health professionals and the person, to work together, with a shared understanding of the person’s specific individual and health needs.
A key element of securing a positive hospital experience is forward planning. Working with the person with a disability, their family and Disability Support Workers to create a plan for any hospital admission is a good way to manage this. This enables everyone to work through what may be the barriers and challenges and how these can be addressed prior to the admission and during.