The Living longer. Living better: National lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) ageing and aged care strategy addresses older Australians with diverse needs who find it difficult to access aged care information and services that are sensitive to their backgrounds and circumstances.
This government strategy aims to ensure that LGBTI people have the same opportunities and options in aged care that are available to all Australians. It is designed to not only raise awareness of the issues but also, in a very concrete way, improve the ageing and aged care experience of LGBTI people, recognising and valuing the diversity of this group. Although LGBTI people rarely want to be solely defined by their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity, for many it is an important part of who they are. Aged care services need to ensure that they provide a consumer directed approach to meeting the care needs of older LGBTI people, resulting in appropriate and targeted services.