May, J. T., & Rainbow, J. G. (2022). A Qualitative Description of Direct Care Workers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 07334648221139477.

The aim of the study was to examine direct care worker (DCW)perceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) older adults livingin long-term care, assisted living, and home health settings. DCWs providethe closest interaction with LGBT older adults in these settings. Theperceptions DCWs have toward LGBT older adults is important because thequality of care can be influenced by negative attitudes. Methodology:Qualitative description was used to synthesize what is known about DCWs’perceptions toward LGBT older adults. Results: The overarching theme, “Careis Different, but Not my Care,” was supported by the categories Cues ofStereotyping, Cues of Prejudice, and DCWs’ Social System and Reported Care.Application: Specific implications for practice (i.e., training, recruitment,retention strategies) and policy (i.e., mandated staffing ratios, pay) areexplicated to guide future interventions to ensure equitable, quality care inhealth care.