Mission Statement: LGBT Care seeks to improve the quality of life for LGBT caregivers and care recipients through education, research, support and advocacy.
LGBT caregiving is, in many ways, similar to the experience of caregiving for the larger heterosexual population. However, in each facet of caregiving, there are aspects and nuances that make LGBT caregiving a uniquely challenging experience.
Many LGBT persons have experienced subtle and overt forms of discrimination that have led to social isolation or even hiding their identity. Some experience layers of discrimination due to sexual orientation, age, race or disease status.
LGBT individuals face numerous legal and financial hurdles of which heterosexuals rarely have to contend. What is an assumed right for other couples must be legally crafted and implemented for LGBT couples.
Caregiving for LGBT elders is impacted by both their families of origin and families of choice. All of these concerns are critically impacted by both the health challenges which typically confront the aging population, as well as the singular impact of HIV/AIDS.
An LGBT person facing the challenges of caregiving is likely to use both traditional and LGBT friendly networks of care.
Click to learn more about how the following nuances contribute to the unique challenges of LGBT caregiving.
- Discrimination and social isolation
- Legal and financial matters
- Families of origin and families of choice
- Health issues
- Networks of care
- LGBT generations