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I want to be open when entering elder care: An interview study with older LGBTQ adults reasoning about future care needs.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9436-1223
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9293-4932
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 8th ECSWR European Conference for Social Work Research, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research has shown that there is an increasing awareness that elder care is not addressing the unique needs of older LGBTQ, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Many LGTBQ people entering old age today have worse health and, to a lesser extent than other older groups, tends to seek help from health and social services. Few studies within gerontological social work have however focused on how older LGBTQ persons express their needs, and wishes of future social services. This presentation addresses this knowledge gap by focusing on how older LGBTQ reason about possible good alternatives to meet their needs when they are entering a phase where they need care. The study is based on a qualitative interview study with (n= 15), older LGBTQ persons in Sweden who live at home and where only two of them have had prior experiences of services. The analysis shows that, the overall most important issue for the older LGTBQ persons, was to be able to be open with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity within a future elder care setting. It was essential for the LGBTQ persons that the engagement of staff must be based on respect and that they should be able to meet every person as an individual. Regarding the issue of need for education and knowledge among staff about LGBTQ issues the interviewed expressed a wish that staff should have knowledge about these issues. For some it was important to be seen as an LGBTQ-person and to others it was mostly important being met in a welcoming and affirmative way, but not focusing too much on their LGBTQ-identity. The results provide support for the debate on the importance of addressing the unique needs of older LGTBQ persons and highlight the importance for social work to address the diversity of needs and wishes that is present within the group in regards to entering elder care.

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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147484ISBN: 978-1-9999205-7-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147484DiVA, id: diva2:1199547
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8th ECSWR European Conference for Social Work Research April 18-20, in Edinburgh, Scotland
Available from: 2018-04-20 Created: 2018-04-20 Last updated: 2019-02-19

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