Lesbian and gay elders and long-term care: Identifying the unique psychosocial perspectives and challenges
This qualitative study of lesbian and gay elders seeks to identify the psychosocial challenges this community faces regarding long-term care. Two focus groups were conducted among 16 gay elders in community and long-term care settings. Participants reported fear of being rejected or neglected by healthcare providers, particularly personal care aides; fear of not being accepted and respected by other residents; fear of having to go back into the closet if placed in long-term care; and a preference for gay-friendly care. Participants suggested staff training to promote acceptance and respect for gay people, and favorably perceived gay-specific and gay-friendly living arrangements. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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Stein, Gary L.; Beckerman, Nancy L.; and Sherman, Patricia A., "Lesbian and gay elders and long-term care: Identifying the unique psychosocial perspectives and challenges" (2010). Kean Publications. 2342.