We are working with LGBT Switchboard to understand the needs of LGBTQ+ people in Brighton and Hove in relation to their memory problems and dementia care.
We understand that every person we support has a unique experience and personalising our service is one of the important principles we work by. In Brighton and Hove we serve a diverse community and we want to ensure that everyone has an appropriate and affirmative experience of our service. We also understand that some people in society, such as LGBTQ+ people, have not had the same access or experiences with health services as others. There may be a legacy of poor experiences for LGBTQ+ people in Brighton and Hove.
We want to understand more. Our collaboration with the Switchboard is allowing us to listen to LGBTQ+ patient voices and explore the firsthand experiences of people with dementia and their loved ones. We’re doing this through a series of focus groups and conversations.
Our intention with this collaboration is to:
The Switchboard has been supporting people in Brighton and Hove since 1975. In recent years it has developed a support offering for older people, with a dementia service that specifically supports LGBTQ people, their loved ones and caregivers. This includes:
In 2022, the Switchboard’s Dementia Support project won the ‘health equity’ award at the Royal Society for Public Health’s annual health and wellbeing awards. Learn more at the LGBT Switchboard website.
If you’d like to explore ways we could collaborate together to help people live well with memory loss and dementia we’d love to hear from you.