Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Asexual Long-Term Care Problems (Research, Video 2:48)


With many older adults focused on growing old and dying at home, it’s easy to forget that the likelihood of that happening is lower for certain populations. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community (same-sex partners) and those who are asexual (no sexual attraction to others) fall into that category. In recent years, asexuality has been scientifically researched as a sexual orientation.

In LGBT research controlling age, race-ethnicity, and education, it was determined that this population faces greater risks of needing long-term care than those living with different-sex partners. These were two of the activity limitations that indicate a need for long-term care:

1)   Difficulty dressing or bathing

Older women living with female partners were significantly more likely than those living with male partners to have difficulty dressing or bathing.

2)   Difficulty doing errands alone

Older men living with male partners were significantly more likely than those living with female partners to need assistance with errands.

These results emphasize further the need for more culturally sensitive education in the ongoing training of healthcare workers, particularly those involved with LGBT residents in long-term care settings. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living, and even those receiving home care from healthcare workers have increasingly been discriminated against and abused by staff and fellow residents. Damage to their emotional and physical health has been so devastating that some LGBT residents have resorted to suicide.

In this video, Paige Faevre shares her personal concerns about living in a long-term care setting and her search for LGBT-friendly housing for older adults.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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