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Swimming upstream: the provision of inclusive care to older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in residential and nursing environments in Wales / PAUL WILLIS; TRACEY MAEGUSUKU-HEWETT; MICHELE RAITHBY; PENNY MILES

Ageing and Society, Volume: 36, Issue: 02, Pages: 282 - 306

Swansea University Author: Raithby, Michele

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This paper examines the ways in which the same-sex attractions and desires of older residents are disregarded in the provision of everyday care in residential and nursing homes. This discussion outlines synergies and differences between older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults' expectations...

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Published in: Ageing and Society
ISSN: 0144-686X 1469-1779
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa20733
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Abstract: This paper examines the ways in which the same-sex attractions and desires of older residents are disregarded in the provision of everyday care in residential and nursing homes. This discussion outlines synergies and differences between older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults' expectations for future care home provision and the expectations of care staff and managers in attending to diverse sexualities in their provision of residential services for older people. We present qualitative evidence from research into the provision of care environments in Wales. In this paper, we present qualitative findings from two cohorts: first, from five focus groups with care and nursing staff and managers; and second, from semi-structured interviews with older LGB adults residing in urban and rural locations across Wales. We argue that residential care environments can constitute heteronormative spaces in which LGB identities are neglected in comparison to the needs and preferences of other residents. We also discuss how care staff, managers and other providers can be more responsive to the sexual biographies of all residents, and argue against the separation of care and sexual orientation in social care practice.
Keywords: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, sexuality, identity, residential care, nursing care, care homes, older people
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 02
Start Page: 282
End Page: 306