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: 73-81. doi:10.1111/opn.12058

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Author Neville, Stephen J.
Adams, Jeffery
Bellamy, Gary
Boyd, Michal
George, Nigel
Title Perceptions towards lesbian, gay and bisexual people in residential care facilities: a qualitative study
Journal name International Journal of Older People Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-3743
Publication date 2015-03
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/opn.12058
Open Access Status
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 73
End page 81
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Bisexual
Gay
Lesbian
Older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 3 June 2014. Early view

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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