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A Qualitative Description of Direct Care Workers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Older Adults

Journal Article Person-Centered Care
November 17, 2022

This qualitative study explored how direct care workers perceive the LGBT individuals that they care for. Findings revealed that implicit bias, positive and negative beliefs of LGBT older adults, and prejudices can be at play in interactions that direct care workers have with the LGBT older adults that they care for. These findings point to a need for more specialized trainings for direct care workers on LGBT-specific care. To see the original source, click here.

Key Takeaways

There is inadequate training for direct care workers on how to speak about and care for LGBT older adults.
Training on care for LGBT older adults is needed as the number of LGBT older adults increases.
Heteronormativity can be pervasive in the care that direct care workers provide and the way they speak about the older adults that they care for.

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