Maude Lecompte, Joe Ducharme, Julie Beauchamp, Mélanie Couture
Objectives: To determine what constitutes inclusive practices toward LGBT older adults in healthcare and social services and the supportive competencies of these practices. Methods: A comprehensive scoping review of the existing literature was conducted.
Results: To be competent when addressing LGBT elder needs, personnel must have knowledge on LGBT realities, openness and be able to put certain skills into practice.
Conclusions: Given the limited powers conferred on them by their respective positions, institutions must also play a role in encouraging the inclusion of LGBT older adults. Beyond the importance of taking into account the three dimensions of competence in staff training, changes must be made at all levels of the organizational structures.
Clinical implications: Inclusive practices require 1) Educating personnel on the diversity of the life journeys of LGBT older adults; 2) Promoting relational and communication skills and open, friendly attitudes toward the diversity of LGBT identities; 3) Developing policies and procedures to create and maintain inclusive and safe environments for LGBT older adults.
Lecompte, M., Ducharme, J., Beauchamp, J., & Couture, M. (2021). Inclusive Practices toward LGBT Older Adults in Healthcare and Social Services: A Scoping Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence. Clinical gerontologist, 44(3), 210–221. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2020.1862946