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STONEWALL CHARITY - WORKING WITH OLDER LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL PEOPLE: A GUIDE FOR CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES

WHATA guide that offers practical advice to care organizations which provide support services to older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
WHYTo provide advice and guidance to care providers so that they can better offer services to older LGB people. To provide care services to older LGB people with dignity and respect.
WHEREStonewall Charity.
United Kingdom.


Program Description

The ‘Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people: A Guide for Care and Support Services’ includes information on how care homes and other organizations can help elderly LGB people such as:

  • What older gay people need.
  • What the law says.
  • How to involve older people.
  • What care and support workers can do.
  • What homecare providers can do.
  • What care homes can do.
  • What housing providers can do.
  • What health services can do.
  • What local authorities can do.

The guide suggests that elder service providers regularly involving older gay people in decisions about how their services are run. Ideas include:

• Consulting directly with lesbian, gay and bisexual people via surveys or face-to-face interviews.
• Setting up lesbian, gay and bisexual older people groups to offer feedback, suggest improvements and provide advice.
• Reporting any changes or decisions made about services to lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals and community groups.

According to a report published by Stonewall in 2011, ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life’Older Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are:

● More Likely To Be Single - Gay and bisexual men are almost three times more likely to be single than heterosexual men.

● More Likely To Live Alone – 41% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people live alone compared to 28 per cent of heterosexual people.

● Less Likely To Have Children- just over a quarter of gay and bisexual men and half of lesbian and bisexual women have children compared to almost nine in ten heterosexual men and women.

● Less Likely To See Biological Family Members On a Regular Basis -less than a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people see their biological family members at least once a week compared to more than half of heterosexual people.

● Drink Alcohol More Often - 45 per cent drink alcohol at least ‘three or four days’ a week compared to just 31 per cent of heterosexual people.

● More Likely to Take Drugs. 1 in 11 have taken drugs within the last year compared to 1 in 50 heterosexual people.

● More Likely To Have A History Of Mental Ill Health and have more concerns about their mental health in the future.

More Likely to be Diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety
source: Stonewall Report: ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life.’

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