Moving into a care home: advice for lesbian, gay and bisexual people

Find out about the support you can get as a lesbian, gay or bisexual person to find and move into a care home.

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  2. Choosing the right place
  3. Moving in
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Making the decision to move into a care home is never easy, for the person with dementia, their partner or relatives - whatever the person's sexual orientation. However, in spite of recent improvements in law to protect their rights, lesbian, gay and bisexual people can still find moving into a care home particularly difficult due to fears of homophobia or of not having their specific needs met. This factsheet provides some advice on choosing a suitable care home and suggests things to think about when the person moves in.

Your legal rights

It is illegal for someone providing a service, such as a care home, to treat anyone unfavourably - to discriminate against them - on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Equality Act 2010, which applies in England and Wales, also requires providers such as care homes to actively promote equal opportunities for lesbian and gay clients.

These areas are covered by a different law in Northern Ireland - the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006.

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