Supporting a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person with dementia

13. Looking after yourself as a carer

Caring for a person with dementia can be rewarding but also very challenging. Supporting an LGB or T person with dementia may present unique
challenges, such as:

  • increased stress
  • issues with accessing appropriate services and a lack of support
  • conflict with others (especially biological family)
  • negative attitudes from others
  • lack of recognition of your relationship to the person and concern about disclosing this relationship to others
  • experiencing, or being worried about experiencing, discrimination.

It is important to take care of your own needs too, as this will help you to continue to care for the person and mean that you are better able to manage. If you are also LGB or T, it is important to remember that you have the same rights as the person with dementia not to be discriminated against.

For more information see factsheet 523, Carers: looking after yourself.

Although an LGB or T person with dementia will experience challenges, support from you and others can help them to express their identity and enable
them to live well.