Conference: Making Person Centred care a reality; How to support LGBT older people in care settings
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*Aim of conference*
This training day includes information, research findings, and the legal framework relating to the care of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or Trans) people and practical approaches and tools to address the challenges which the care sector faces including:
- Raising awareness of issues facing older LGBT people when they enter the care system and equipping health and social care professionals with the knowledge and skills to offer appropriate support.
- Highlighting examples of good practice and supporting organisations to practically adapt to these ways of working.
"Why is it important for policy-makers, care providers and the general public to know about the experiences of gay people growing up in the mid-twentieth century? For many people now gay and straight it is hard to imagine what it was like to live in constant terror of being discovered. Just 50 years ago there was no protection in law from prejudice and discrimination, and it was unthinkable that gay relationships could be formally acknowledged through a civil partnership or marriage." (Knocker, S (2012) Perspectives on ageing: lesbians, gay men and bisexuals: Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
"Older LGB people are more likely to be single and more likely to age alone and without children to support them. If people do not have a partner or family to support them as they get older, they are more likely to need to use social care services for help. However, some LGB people do not feel that support services will be able or willing to meet or understand their specific needs This is often for fear of hostility and prejudice as they may have experienced discrimination in the past" (Alzheimer's Society, 2013).
"A high percentage of older LGB people have experiences of mental health problems, including an increased risk of suicide attempts and self-harm. A recent Opening Doors survey (Phillips and Knocker, 2011) found that one-fifth of respondents had experienced a mental health problem in the past five years. Years of feeling confused and ashamed about being gay and experiencing rejection and hatred inevitably takes its toll on people's health."
It is illegal for someone providing a service, such as a care home, to treat anyone unfavourably to discriminate against them on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Equality Art 2010, which applied in England and Wales, also requires providers such as care homes to actively promote equal opportunities for lesbian and gay people.
*Who should attend?*
Care home managers / training managers
Home care providers
Day care providers
Mental Health Services
Adult Protection Services
*Programme to date (subject to change)*
Using the Equality and Human Rights framework in the context of working with the LGBT community and how to put this into practice: Antony Smith, Age UK
Antony is Age UK's development officer for Equalities and Human Rights. Initially working with lesbian, gay and bisexual people in later life, his role now encompasses all older people from minority or excluded communities.
Paying attention to difference to provide equality: An overview of research addressing health and social care needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) people: Kathryn Almack, University of Nottingham
Senior Research Fellow within the Sue Ryder Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care and Principal Investigator of The Last Outing - a new research study exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmpresearch/lastouting/home.aspx
Stonewall Housing workshop: Tina Wathern, Older LGBT Housing Group Co-ordinator
- The background to housing needs and wants of older gay and lesbian people
- Sharing of positive and negative experiences
- Looking at best practice for care and support services (specifically within care settings) involved practical approaches and tools
Safe Ageing No Discrimination (SAND) workshop
SAND was formed to raise community awareness and help local authorities, care providers and carers to address the fears and discrimination that may be experienced by older LGBT people and carers by overcoming prejudice in care, stopping negativity, protecting those who are vulnerable and encouraging openness about specific LGBT needs.
Equal Arts workshops - www.equalarts.org.uk
Equal Arts is the Northern Region's arts and older people's agency they work with groups in residential care homes, hospitals, arts venues, day centres and other community venues and contract professional, experienced artists to facilitate each project. The workshops will be facilitated by LG facilitators looking creatively at the history and lesbian and gay people since mid-20th Century and aimed at giving context and understanding of their lives.
Open Clasp Theatre Company Performance
Extracts from Open Clasp Theatre Company's critically acclaimed play Swags & Tails with accompanying workshop looking at the issues raised in the play. Swags & Tails was developed in collaboration with 166 older women, carers and care staff and is a unique and engaging stimulus for looking at Person Centred Care focussing on Gloria who is a Lesbian and has had her identity eroded after years of being moved from care homes to dementia units.
Open Clasp Theatre Company Workshop
An opportunity to explore issues that affect older LG people including heterosexism and homophobia linked to issues raised in the performance and aimed at working together to build a strategy for change.
Registrations may be cancelled free of charge up to 4 weeks before the event. Between 4 and 2 weeks before the event cancellations will be subject to a 50% charge. After this time registrations will be charged in full.
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2JQ
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|