Transgender people in Nursing Homes.

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    Jan 16, 2010 10:08 PM GMT
    I was to bring this topic up at work the other day and the discussion was amazing. The concerns and the issues at hand that would be presented to us, and how will we be expected to interpret this as the message it sends is confusing,

    How do you think it would be?
    How it should be interpreted?
    What issues do you think it would present for both sides of the fence?

    The issues will be diffrent for men who become women.

    Women who have been made to look like men, yet still have a vagina.

    It is all extremely complex, and how can we be expected to have full understanding, just because this is presented to us at work, as health care professionals. It's something that is yet to really have an impart on people going into aged care, and just because I'm a homosexual, does not give me any special advantage either.
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    Jan 17, 2010 8:55 PM GMT
    Well there you go. Not one word of advice, or one opinion. Should I think Wow? No because I'm not surprised. Because Medical professionals who would be caring for these people, are not sure how it will all pan out, and in the coming years it is going to be an issue.

    We already have to deal with a number of mental health issues, this may well just be another one, albeit very unique.

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    Jan 18, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    Fewer people feel qualified to render medical opinions on transgender issues, much less answer so many difficult questions, and fewer people read the forum subcategory you posted in.

    But by asking the question you got some people to think, and you've at this point inspired dialogue as you inspired me to post a similar thread about gays in nursing homes in the "All Things Gay" forum.

    So you see, you did not waste effort. Be patient!
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    Jan 20, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    This is a big issue and one that is worth looking at in any situation where care is being delivered to people. The law in the UK is different to that of most of the USA. Here, when someone transitions in their physical appearance to the one that is congruent with their sense of themself, you have to treat them as being within that gender. It doesn't matter whether they still have their bits, ie sex organs either internal or external.

    What you have to remember is that your sense of who you are is internal. My sense is that I'm still a weak kid but if you look at me you see a broad shouldered man who can pack a punch. I know the difference between the two aspects of me. I can be comfortable with them because they make me feel good about myself. If I had the thoughts, ideas and beliefs of a female and looked at my body I would be in torment. I would suggest that this is the start point of your thinking with your colleagues. This isn't something superficial and it isn't something that is a fad. I was personally saddened by the way you phrased the original post. But I believe you want to learn and that is a good thing.

    I would suggest that you log onto the Dept of Health in the United Kingdom and use their search engine for transgender issues. This link will take you to a page where you can download a booklet that should answer most of your questions.

    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_089941

    Take care.