Cultural competency is the idea that LGBTQ+ older people are as deserving of compassionate eldercare as anyone else. The LGBTQ+ senior population—a large and growing one—has unique needs due to a lifetime of discrimination and harassment. LGBTQ+ elders should not be fearful when seeking health care or long-term care.
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Creating more welcoming care
It’s vitally important that those who provide services to LGBTQ+ older adults be well-versed in our community’s unique needs.