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Perceptions towards lesbian, gay and bisexual people in residential care facilities: a qualitative study

Perceptions towards lesbian, gay and bisexual people in residential care facilities: a qualitative study

Neville, Stephen J., Adams, Jeffery, Bellamy, Gary, Boyd, Michal and George, Nigel (2015) Perceptions towards lesbian, gay and bisexual people in residential care facilities: a qualitative study. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 10 (1). pp. 73-81. ISSN 1748-3735 (Print), 1748-3743 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12058)

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Abstract

Background: Internationally, increases in the numbers of older people will be reflected in larger numbers of more socioculturally diverse groups of older people requiring care provided by residential care facilities. Covert and overt instances of homophobia are evident within residential care services provided to older lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Aims: To explore the perceptions of care staff working in residential care homes towards older lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Design: Critical gerontology formed the methodological foundations for focus group discussions with care staff from seven residential care facilities. Hypothetical vignettes were used to stimulate discussion amongst participants.

Results: Thematic analysis of the seven focus group interviews illuminated three themes: ‘Knowing me knowing you’, ‘Out of sight out of mind’ and ‘It's a generational thing’. Subtle as well as not so subtle forms of homophobia were evident in each of the themes. Care staff felt they were largely unprepared to provide care to older lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Conclusion: This small-scale New Zealand study identifies that the residential care sector is not always supportive, or prepared, to provide a care service to those people identifying as lesbian, gay and bisexual.

Implications for practice: Findings from this study recommend the implementation of principle-based guidelines, opportunities to participate in ongoing education and partnering with non-heterosexual community organisations in order to provide culturally appropriate care to older lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): This research reported here was funded by The Rule Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
Uncontrolled Keywords: bisexual, gay, lesbian, older people, residential care, vignettes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 10:23
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13053

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