TRAC’s Healthy Transitions Program
Provides support, education, and resources for individuals and their families to enhance resiliency and strengthen families.
A brief, solution-focused intervention supporting clients and their families to independence through education. Facilitated by Registered Social Workers and Psychotherapists, this innovative program addresses common psychosocial reactions to trauma, provides practical coping strategies and community resources to support the recovery process to independence.
For many individuals transitioning home from the hospital or embarking upon the rehabilitation process following illness or injury, there can be gaps in services and information both of which put individuals at risk of developing maladaptive psychosocial reactions or coping strategies.
With shorter hospital stays, limited home supports, and increased expectations for care by families, often transitions from injury to rehabilitation, or hospital to home is fraught with stressors such as: loss, role changes, financial strain and family conflict. In these situations it is understandable that individuals and their families can become emotionally distressed, overwhelmed and have difficulty coping.
While psychosocial issues can be barriers for positive outcomes in the rehabilitation process, research suggests that studies have reported that early psychosocial intervention improves long term outcomes by promoting self-efficacy, stress reduction and improved family functioning. Additionally, such intervention can prevent crisis situations and lessen the burden on other rehabilitation services.
At The TRAC Group, we have identified a short-term approach that can help bridge the gap as clients and their families transition across the continuum of care to recovery and independence.
How the TRAC Healthy Transitions Program can help by:
- Educating clients and their families on the psychosocial/ emotional aspects of illness, injury or disability.
- Providing information about the community resources appropriate for the unique needs of individuals and their families.
- Offering practical tools to cope with emotions such as fear, anxiety, sense of loss, sadness, and anger.
- Providing brief, solution-focused counselling on issues of adjustment, loss, role changes, relationship issues, or other difficulties related to injury, illness or disability.
The TRAC Healthy Transitions Program is:
- Time-limited – 3 sessions offered in-home or in-clinic during the day or evening hours.
- Goal-oriented -education, resources and brief, solution-focused counselling.
- Focused upon education, practical assistance and solution-focused counselling during the transition home or the beginning of the rehabilitation process.
- Designed to address the psychosocial and family issues related to illness, injury and disability in an effort to improve functional outcomes.
After The TRAC Healthy Transitions Program:
It is anticipated that individuals and their families will be stronger and better able to cope with the challenges injury or illness can bring. Individuals and their families will be empowered to self-advocate and access the community resources they need, having been provided with the requisite tools.
For individuals demonstrating signs of persistent psycho-emotional distress after the program, their health care practitioners will be contacted to discuss an appropriate course of action.