Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) people are not homogenous and are part of all population groups, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, veterans, care leavers, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Older LGBTI people living in Australia require particular attention when accessing aged care, as they are likely to have experienced discrimination, prejudice, and possibly violence during their lifetime due to their sexuality. It is important for aged care providers to understand this history and be aware of lived experiences of discrimination during admission to the service and when assessing palliative care needs. For example, questions about experiences growing up, family and early relationships may trigger stressful memories and can be re-traumatising to people.
Supporting Inclusive End of Life Care: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex Elders
This resource is a companion document to the Actions to Support Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex Elders: a Guide for Aged Care Providers and provides information, guidance and links to key resources to assist aged care providers in the provision of culturally safe and inclusive end of life care of LGBTI elders.
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