June is Pride Month, and we are acknowledging and celebrating this important awareness month with a series of resources that may be useful to caregivers and care recipients who identify as LGBTQ2S+, as well as their service providers. Click on the logos below each heading to access the website links and resources.
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Resources for Caregivers and their Care Recipients
Finding inclusion, belonging, and meaningful connections can become more challenging as we age. QMUNITY hosts social events, co-develop and provide educational workshops, assists in one-to-one support and referral services, while fostering connections within diverse communities to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ persons 55 years and older.
LGBTQ2S+ Resource Page – Association of BC Community Response Networks
This website hosts a number of other website links, useful organizations, information and documents for the LGBTQ2S+ community across British Columbia. Community connections are especially important, as LGBTQ2S+ seniors and older adults are more likely to rely on care from a “found family” – such as neighbours or friends – rather than relying on support from their biological relatives.
Island Sexual Health LGBT2QIAA+ Resources
One of the most exciting and necessary developments in our knowledge of sexuality, orientations, and identities involve LGBQT2IAA+ communities and the expansion of community based health and wellness services. This web page offers a range of BC-based and Victoria and other community-based resources.
Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Caregivers in the LGBTQ+ Community
This downloadable PDF offers practical advice for caregivers.
Resources and Information for Service Providers
Aging with Pride – BC Care Providers Association
Together with their partners, BC Care Providers Association and EngAge BC are working with seniors’ living and wellness operators to help improve LGBTQ2+ competency across the sector. This page includes background information and resources, which can be used by operators, or shared with the people they support.
Informal Caregiving and LGBT Communities
This backgrounder was written by the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community. It offers a number of supports and resources.
SAGE – Caregiving in the LGBT Community
SAGE is an American-based organization offering advocacy and services for LGBTQ elders. This downloadable handout provides an overview of what caregiving looks like in the LGBT community, and offers service providers ideas and best practices for reaching and supporting these caregivers.
Palliative Care and End of Life Resources
Informational Handout – Canadian Virtual Hospice Resources:
This four-page handout offers a comprehensive suite of supportive documents and information for the LGBTQ2S+ community.
LGBT End-Of-Life Conversations – Simon Fraser University:
This is a vast collection of end-of-life resources that may be useful to the LGBT communities across Canada, as well as mental health resources.