If your loved one is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), you’ll want to make sure the caregiver is respectful, competent and professional before arranging for care. It’s important to openly discuss any concerns you or your loved one may have with each other, as well as potential caregivers.
Resources for finding LGBT-friendly care, support and useful information:
• The Human Rights Campaign releases an annual report, “Healthcare Equality Index,” with information on the policies and practices that health care facilities in the United States offer to LGBT patients and their families.
• SAGE is a national social service agency dedicated to LGBT seniors, with a free and confidential LGBT Elder Hotline: 888-234-7243.
• The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging offers a wide range of health, policy and legal info on its site, where you can search for local resources by state.
The LGBT National Help Center is an online and call-in resource center for information, support and referrals. It includes an online peer-support chat group and a hotline you can call to speak with a volunteer peer counselor: 888-843-4564.
• The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association allows you to search for health care providers in your area.
• CenterLink, the Community of LGBT Centers, has a locator where you can find the gay community center nearest to you or your loved one’s home.
• The Metropolitan Community Churches, an international Christian denomination, is particularly welcoming of LGBT people. A staff person at the nearest MCC might be able to recommend appropriate resources in your area.
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Family Caregiver Alliance offers LGBT caregiving FAQs, as well as a section on “Legal Issues for LGBT Caregivers” and other useful legal resources.
• The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has information about its policies and military benefits for LGBT service members and veterans.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a range of info on LGBT health issues.
• The American Psychological Association includes some general information on transgender people and gender identity.
• The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has established standards of care for the treatment of gender identity disorders, and offers information on a spectrum of transgender issues, plus a provider search engine.
• The Transgender Law Center fights discrimination, helps transgender people find legal assistance and has updates on related legal news (with some focus on California).
Also of Interest: Caregiving Guides
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