Transfer trauma is a physical, behavioural, and emotional reaction to a sudden change in your surroundings. This can happen with a move from a hospital to a care facility, from a care facility to a hospital, or even from one room to another.
Transfer trauma can happen with the loss of things you know well, like your surroundings, people, and routines. Sudden moves tend to be the hardest. Transfer trauma can be even worse when someone has problems with thinking, concentration, or memory.
Signs and symptoms may be easy or hard to notice. These include:
It’s normal to worry about important changes. It can help to:
You may also find it helps to talk to the healthcare team about:
Having a detailed plan for care can help lessen the impact of transfer trauma. Go over the care plan with the healthcare team and ask them for a copy.
At any time, you can ask to talk to the case manager or leader of your healthcare team. They can answer any questions or address any concerns you have.
Current as of: October 28, 2020
Author: Provincial Seniors Health & Continuing Care
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