Sociolegal and practice implications of caring for LGBT people with dementia

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Authors

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester.

Abstract

The needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people with dementia are poorly recognised. This is due partly to assumptions that all older people are heterosexual or asexual. One quarter of gay or bisexual men and half of lesbian or bisexual women have children, compared with 90% of heterosexual women and men, which means LGBT older adults are more likely to reside in care homes. Older LGBT people may be unwilling to express their sexual identities in care settings and this can affect their care. Members of older people's informal care networks must be recognised to ensure their involvement in the lives of residents in care settings continues. However, healthcare professionals may not always realise that many LGBT people rely on their families of choice or wider social networks more than on their families of origin. This article explores sociolegal issues that can arise in the care of older LGBT people with dementia, including enabling autonomy, capacity and applying legal frameworks to support their identities and relationships. It also highlights implications for practice.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Older People
Volume28
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • attitudes of healthcare staff , dementia , LGBT , Mental Capacity Act, older people , sexuality