Everyone in Australia has the right to access quality, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services that cater to their individual needs and respect their background and life experiences.
The Australian Government has published the Aged Care Diversity Framework and a series of action plans to help the aged care sector to better cater for the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older Australians.
The Framework and action plans were developed following extensive community consultations.
The Actions to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders – a guide for consumers captures the voice of LGBTI peoples expressed through those consultations. It is intended both to help LGBTI peoples express their needs when speaking with aged care providers and as a resource to support people working in aged care to understand the perspectives of LGBTI peoples.
The Actions to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders – a guide for aged care providers is a resource that will assist aged care service providers to better understand how they can advocate for and support LGBTI elders and older people. By providing culturally safe and inclusive services, providers will build confidence amongst LGBTI elders and older people and their carers, families of choice (who may or may not include biological family) and allies that aged care services are available for them and they will be given the support and care they need as they age.
Access the guides here.