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With changes to views about LGBTQ, elder care is complicated

The focus on improving the quality of care for elderly dependents in New York has been a concern for quite some time now as with many other places around the nation. As people age and become incapacitated, they rely on caretakers to help them with day-to-day needs, as well as help with managing finances and medical decisions among other things. However, with a growing number of LGBTQ individuals, many people are beginning to question how these identities could affect elder care in the near future. 

Many experts would agree that the elderly are already vulnerable. Because of their age, diminished mental capacity, reduced physical abilities and general dependence, they are at a much higher risk of being abused by someone, especially those caring for them. A growing number of LGBT baby boomers who have been dubbed the "Stonewall Generation," are now entering into care facilities and the concern is that their sexual orientation could make them even more vulnerable than their peers. This is especially the case if those individuals end up in a care facility where the staff is predominately conservative. 

A concern for many of these individuals is having an adequate number of family to turn to for assistance as many were estranged considering their circumstances. They also worried that the ability to find and secure housing and care would be prolonged by their sexual identity. Others said that even the mention of a visit to them from a spouse of the opposite gender could leave them feeling they have to make a split-second decision about whether or not they will announce their sexual orientation. 

If people are dealing with mistreatment in a nursing home facility, they may wish to contact an attorney for help. Legal professionals have invaluable experience in helping victims to advocate their cause and work toward being compensated for their mistreatment. 

Source: The Washington Post, "For the 'Stonewall Generation,' turning to others for care could make them uniquely vulnerable," JoNel Aleccia and Melissa Bailey, Jun. 3, 2019

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