A new study from the Rush University Medical center has revealed that LGBTQ+ residents in long-term care are concerned about healthcare discrimination. The study published in the Journal of Clinical Gerontologists calls for a dramatic systematic change to ensure the correct protection for LGBTQ+ in assisted care residences. According to the study, in long-term care settings, LGBTQ+ older adults are forced to navigate the healthcare system that assumes heterosexuality and gender conformity amongst providers who are poorly trained to provide for their specific needs. The new study also suggests within healthcare facilities should have training pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community including training on LGBTQ+ identities and needs. In doing so the study argued the integration of inclusive policies will prevent possibilities of discrimination or an unequal healthcare experience.
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