Homophobia in New Zealand Nursing Homes

A 2012 study at Auckland University interviewed 47 staff people at seven nursing home facilities about their views and experiencing caring for older gays and lesbians.

“Staff in the study found it challenging to deal with homophobic attitudes and behaviour from other aged care residents, but said high levels of cognitive impairment among some residents was a mitigating factor.”

“Aged care staff said knowing family members, friends and colleagues who identified as lesbian or gay helped in their ability to empathise with those residents.”  The article is available at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820524

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