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Older LGBT+ people’s care: how to create a safe, inclusive and comfortable environment

Heteronormative bias means older LGBT+ service users can feel unsafe and uncomfortable

Heteronormative bias in care for older people means LGBT+ service users can feel unsafe and uncomfortable

  • COVID-19 has exacerbated health inequalities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other non-heterosexual or non-gender conforming people
  • Older people, in particular, can feel they have to conceal their identity or sexuality
  • Healthcare staff in residential and non-residential care should help promote inclusivity by creating an environment where service users feel comfortable discussing their sexual identity

Many community health and care settings are failing to meet the needs of older LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other non-heterosexual or non-gender conforming) people but nurses can help promote inclusivity, say experts.

Existing health inequalities facing

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