Hospices Work to Engage LGBTQ+ Communities

Posted Sunday, September 26, 2021

LGBTQ+ individuals face many challenges in accessing end-of-life care, including discrimination from providers.  Hospices need to work to better understand sexual orientation and gender identity to serve these communities.  According to the National Resource Center on Aging, the number of seniors who are lesbian, gay or bisexual is estimated to jump from 1.5 million to 3 million.

“LGBTQ+ people face discrimination from their health care providers, doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, etc., and are significantly more at risk for dealing with situations of sexual abuse and sexual trauma,” said Wetmore during the recent National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s Interdisciplinary Conference “They’re more at risk of being re-traumatized, especially when they’re needing more health care as they get older. There’s also a lot more difficulties accessing health care and having consistent access to health care”.

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