New guidance has been released to help care services better provide for elderly lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
'Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people' by UK-based equality charity Stonewall gives practical advice and recommendations for all public bodies that work with older gay people.
A report by the group, 'Lesbian, gay and bisexual people in later life', showed that a significant proportion of older gay people are likely to live alone, have limited family support and rely on formal services for help in the future.
Many experienced or fear discrimination because of their sexual orientation, creating a barrier to receiving appropriate care and treatment.
James Taylor, Stonewall senior health officerm said: ‘For the one million lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain over the age of 55 growing old is a real concern.
'Stonewall’s new guidance for professionals can have an immediate and practical impact – changes to policy and staff training can make things better.
'But it can be the simple things too, such as awareness and communication. We hope this guide helps professionals deliver better services, treating all older people with dignity and respect they deserve.’
To download the guidance, visit Stonewall's website here or call 08000 50 20 20 for a free copy.