Researching the hopes, fears, experiences and expectations of care and social care by older- and old-lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Shropshire

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Reports the findings of a study of the experiences and expectations of health and social care by older LGBT people in Shropshire. The research highlighted that there is an engaged community of older and old LGBT people who increasingly understand the issues facing their community and want to be a part of change. However, there is a danger of a regressive pathway as LGBT people get older. The confidence to manage and assess different situations can reduce as their identities are undermined and it may be possible to identify tipping points in the care pathway – points at which LGBT people reassess and make choices about whether to be ‘out’, whether to talk about gender identity, or whether to withdraw. The paper recommends that health and social care providers actively engage in discussions and plans for improved service delivery which takes account of LGBT life experiences. (Edited publisher abstract)

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LGBT people, access to services, health care, social care, discrimination, user views;
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