Identifying and Referring LGBT Caregivers

Source: SAGE
Topics: Caregiving

LGBT-identified caregivers make up 9% of the 34 million Americans providing unpaid care to adults over the age of 50. Despite being more likely to provide care, LGBT caregivers continue to go ‘under the radar’ of healthcare service providers. This is partially due to a lack of understanding about what caregiving looks like in the LGBT community, who the people in this category typically are, and what services they need. As a health care professional, your ability to identify and refer caregivers to appropriate services can make a marked impact on the overall health of your patients who are providing or receiving caregiving assistance.