Supporting Coming Out for People Living with Dementia
Coming out is a uniquely personal experience. Moving into a new environment, like residential aged care, can trigger feelings of vulnerability and fear due to concerns about discrimination and a lack of understanding of their needs. People living with dementia may undergo behaviour changes, often stemming from various stressors and past life experiences.
This helpsheet provides guidance for caregivers and healthcare professionals on how to support LGBT individuals living with dementia during the coming out process. It includes information on what coming out means, its individualised nature, and why it's essential to foster an environment where these individuals can openly express their identities.
What's covered in this helpsheet:
Understanding 'Coming Out': Explore the diverse aspects of coming out, from disclosing one's sexuality or romantic orientation to revealing one's gender identity. Learn why it's a continual process influenced by various factors.
Dementia and Coming Out: Delve into the unique challenges faced by LGBT individuals with dementia when deciding whether to come out in an aged care setting. Discover how dementia can impact memory, communication, and identity expression.
Supporting LGBT Individuals: Get practical tips on how to create a safe and inclusive space, use inclusive language, validate feelings, respect chosen identities, and maintain confidentiality. Learn about 'chosen families' and gain insights into LGBT history and issues for better understanding.
Seeking Additional Support: Find resources and referrals for those seeking specialised assistance or further guidance in supporting LGBT individuals living with dementia