Sunday, January 24, 2016

Housing for Ageing LGBTQ People in Sweden: A Descriptive Study Of Needs, Preferences, and Concerns

With an increasing number of ageing people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), there is a risk that traditional housing for older people fails to meet the needs of these people. The aim of this study was to describe LGBTQ people's needs, preferences, and concerns according to ageing and housing.

Based on a survey (n = 487), and six focus-group discussions (n = 30), with LGBTQ persons, quantitative and qualitative approaches were used to analyse the findings.

When comparing the ranking of preferences (in terms of activity options, environmental features, and staff competence) in a senior housing setting between the LGBTQ people (n = 200) and heterosexual matched controls (n = 198), only minor differences were detected. The findings from the focus groups included: 
  1. a dilemma between segregation and openness, 
  2. the importance of safety associated with ageing together with persons with similar experiences, and 
  3. networks of persons at different ages connected through close friendship supported participation in activities in LGBTQ-profiled senior housing.
The findings provide knowledge to improve awareness of sexual orientation when it comes to needs and preferences in relation to ageing and housing in a Swedish context.

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  • 1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Occupational Therapy (, Karolinska Institutet , Stockholm , Sweden ;
  • 2 Department of Occupational Therapy , University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago , IL , United States ;
  • 3 Per Aase Ltd , Stockholm , Sweden.
  •  2015 Dec 1:1-10. 

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