LGBT older adults are subject to much discrimination in nursing facilities, assisted living centers, senior programs etc. What is the solution? do you agree or disagree ?Explain your answer.
Question: LGBT older adults are subject to much discrimination in nursing facilities, assisted living centers, senior programs etc. What is the solution? do you
agree or disagree ?Explain your answer.
address how much with this statement that older LGBT adults are subject to discrimination in nursing facilities, living
centers, senior programs and much more as such. The community health center where I work stands by providing hope, healing, and accommodation to all people including
the LGBT community. I have witnessed many instances of which people of all ages in this community have been stared at, called names, laughed and mocked at as if they
were not human or capable of feeling hurt. Everyone has preferences on what they consider to be right or wrong, but there is no justification as to why a person should
be discriminated against, especially in professional settings. Upon conducting research, I have found that there are some outstanding solutions to addressing this
matter at hand.
A 2010 study has revealed that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have faced discrimination in a health care setting and 70% of trans genders have
experienced discrimination by their providers. Discriminatory acts include refusal of care, biases, and even wrongful assumptions cast by staff. It has gotten so bad
that some elder adults have either felt the need to delay and even avoid health care, while others have hidden their sexuality (“American Geriatrics Society Care of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults Position Statement,” 2015). A solution to this requires health professionals and organizations to create an
environment free from discrimination. This includes implementing policies that require equal treatment, education for health care providers so that they are aware of
any concerns focused on the adult population and incorporating consideration, support and respect while giving care.
There is also inequality that favors heterosexism. In 2001, a federal task force called “Outing Age” highlighted issues for same sex marriage such as Medicaid
regulations protecting the assets and homes of heterosexual married spouses when the other enters long term care. No protections were offered to same sex partners.
Also, basic rights such as hospital visitation and a person’s right to die in the same nursing home as their partner were denied to same sex partners (Hillier &
Barrow, 2015). A good solution to this issue would be to practice understanding other sexualities and gender identities as being different, which is very important for
older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (Adis, Davies, Greene, MacBride-Stewart & Shepherd, 2015).
It is unfair to treat older LGBT people like they are not human beings. There are two essential elements here: being elderly in which there is a tendency to be judged
and mistreated and being LGBT where there is constant discrimination. All in all, education, support, respect, and understanding are very helpful solutions to tackling
discrimination against this community which would create a more inclusive environment for all.
American Geriatrics Society Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults Position Statement. (2015). Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society, 63(3),
Hillier, S., & Barrow, G. (2015). Aging, the individual and society (p. 195). Stamford, Conn.: Cengage Learning.
Adis, S., Davies, M., Greene, G., MacBride-Stewart, S., & Shepherd, M. (2015). American Geriatrics Society Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
Position Statement. Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society, 63(3), 423-426.