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Celebrating LGBT Diversity at Riverdale Court

IMG_4336Gay pride for care homes and ‘older LGBT champion’ badges are among initiatives addressing diversity awareness Avante Care & Support’s Riverdale Court.

Nicolas Kee Mew, who was previously manager of the Outstanding rated Arthur House Care Home in Wimbledon will run the 80-bed home, managing a team of 56.

Nicolas Kee mew cannot stand the thought of older LGBT people in care living in fear of discrimination –

“I have  a lot of friends who are gay and I have been caring for a lot of LGBT residents and manage some LGBT staff”

“I believe the first generation to have lived their whole adult lives after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 are now reaching their later years.

“Unfortunately it is taboo in care homes and it is more difficult for residents living with dementia.

“Some of our LGBT residents do not have any children and we feel that we are their children and to let them know that it’s okay to be who they are now and to celebrate diversity.”

To address the lack of diversity awareness in care, Nicolas and three colleagues have organised a mini gay pride at the care home

“It was a lot of fun, there was ABBA song.

“At Avante care and support we celebrate diversity. I believe we will see more transgender in the near future and we will have to adapt to the changes and ensure that our staff understand how to meet the needs of LGBT older people “

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