Dementia care advice for transgender patients drawn up

Dementia care advice for transgender patients drawn up
From BBC - March 11, 2018

New guidance for staff caring for transgender people with dementia has been drawn up to ensure patients get dignified and compassionate health care in north Wales.

It includes advice about dealing with people confused between their gender preference and their birth gender.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) believes it is the first in the UK to develop such guidelines.

It said the advice would help support the "unique, but vulnerable, group".

Last year, 75 people from Wales were referred for gender identity treatment - roughly a three-fold rise since 2014.

Jenny Burgess, 66, from Connah's Quay, Flintshire, who had gender reassignment surgery last year, helped draw up BCUHB's guidance.

She said the advice was key as transgender people with dementia "may wake up one day and they will be confused why they are dressed in a certain way".

She said: "Take for instance a transgender woman - they may well get quite concerned and disturbed at being in female clothes.


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