There is a need for greater, targeted support for LGBTI people with dementia from all care contexts, requiring service providers to be better informed in the additional considerations relevant to the understanding and supporting those who present with changed behaviours.
This set of 20 fact sheets outline additional considerations for LGBTI people who present with changed behaviours in dementia. They were developed with generous input from the community, consumers, Government representatives, LGBTI peak bodies, researchers and those experienced in providing services to LGBTI peoples with dementia.
These additional considerations are based on the evidence and practice-based principles outlined in the document Behaviour Management, A Guide to Good Practice, Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD Guide)* and associated resources.
*The abbreviation ‘BPSD’ is used respectfully as a short hand label for communication between professionals supporting persons with dementia. For more information about consumer preferences on terminology, please consult the Dementia Language Guidelines produced by Dementia Australia.