Hospitalisation of people living in supported accommodation

People with a severe or profound disability experience significant health disadvantage and access hospital services at a greater rate than the general population.

Being prepared and ensuring good planning and communication occurs before, during and after a hospital admission, is critical to ensuring resident safety. 

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 guide

This is a quick, easy guide for busy hospital staff and disability support workers. It 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 also available for quick reference. For more information, see Related resources.