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Title: Socio-legal and practice implications of caring for LGBT people with dementia
Authors: Peel, Elizabeth
Taylor, Helen
Harding, Rosie
Keywords: Attitudes of health personnel
Decision making
Mental Capacity Act
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © RCN Publishing Company Ltd
Citation: PEEL, E., TAYLOR, H. and HARDING, R., 2016. Socio-legal and practice implications of caring for LGBT people with dementia. Nursing Older People, 28 (10), pp. 26 - 30.
Abstract: The needs of LGBT people living with dementia are poorly recognised due, in part, to assumptions that all older people are heterosexual, together with persistent ageist stereotypes that older people are asexual. LGBT older adults are more likely to reside in care homes as a quarter of gay and bisexual men and half of lesbian and bisexual women have children, compared to 90% of heterosexual women and men. Older LGBT people may be unwilling to express their identity within care settings and this can have an impact on their ongoing care. Recognition of the members of an older person’s informal care network is crucial for their ongoing involvement in the life of a person resident in a care setting. However, healthcare professionals may not always appreciate that LGBT people may rely more on their family of choice, or their wider social network, than their family of origin. This article explores socio-legal issues that may be encountered when caring for older LGBT people living with dementia, including enabling autonomy, capacity and applying the legal frameworks in ways which support the identities and relationships of these older people in care.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the journal, Nursing Older People [© RCN Publishing Company Ltd] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/nop.2016.e852
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.7748/nop.2016.e852
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23300
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/nop.2016.e852
ISSN: 1472-0795
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