LGBT older people often experience negative reactions in care and needs are often overlooked. As a result in some cases, they feel forced to hide their sexual identity and are forced back into the closet. It is important that future health and social care staff recognise the importance of sexual identity and orientation in their assessment and care practices.
BEING ME provides educators in care and wellbeing with a set of learning resources to promote inclusive care for LGBT older people among their students.
This project aims to promote and support the social inclusion of LGBT older people in receipt of care through positive interaction with educational institutions that prepare future professionals to work with older people. By exchanging good practices, including good practice in learning and teaching and learning and by developing tailored educational resources and pedagogies, we aim to improve the knowledge and competencies of future care professionals in the area of LGBT affirmative practices. By enhancing skills, knowledge and competencies, practitioners will be in a position to develop a culture of support, openness and respect for LGBT identities which is essential to LGBT older people's inclusiveness in care environments.
BEING ME INCLUSIVE AGED CARE
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