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Silver rainbow kit well received

Silver rainbow kit well received

A new resource kit for staff caring for older lesbian, gay and bisexual residents has had a good response from the aged care sector and district health boards.

The resource outlines best practice for aged residential care in New Zealand and the wider community.

The University of Auckland’s Silver Rainbow project manager Claire Mooney says Australia and the United States have also shown interest in using the resource.

“This kit will help staff manage bullying and clarifies that it is their responsibility to ensure that if they witness this behaviour they must take action to ensure vulnerable residents are protected and allowed to live free from discrimination ” she says.

The kit means New Zealand now has specific guidelines focused on helping aged residential care staff and the wider community manage the issues that impact lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) residents.

Early research led by University of Auckland nursing academic, Dr Garry Bellamy, identified that while aged care workers themselves were generally accepting of older lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) residents, it was dealing with the attitudes of other residents that needed to be addressed.

The research also showed that many staff were not aware of their own prejudices regarding caring for LGB residents. These findings led to the development of the resources.

The Silver Rainbow project, led by Dr Michal Boyd, from the University’s School of Nursing, is now in its third phase with the development of a resource kit for staff caring for those in aged residential care.

“The kit is the first of its kind in New Zealand and includes a DVD that demonstrates a scenario that deals with homophobic bullying amongst residents. It also includes a Train-the-Trainer module, a facilitator’s guide and participant handbook,” she says.

Silver Rainbow is working with the Northern Regional Alliance (NRA) which has recently produced Cultural and Language Diversity (CALD) tools.

This week, the NRA and Silver Rainbow hosted a cultural diversity conference at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki Campus. The conference addressed the acceptance of diversity in all its forms, beyond sexual orientation to ethnicity, disability, and other aspects of individuality.

“The conference celebrated cultural diversity as a truly person-centred philosophy,” says Ms Mooney. “Individuals may have a culture with many joint aspects and it is essential that we know how to honour and respect the totality of residents in aged residential care.”

“Ultimately the aim is for every aged residential care worker to make reference to the resource material to enable them a full understanding of their role in caring for LGB people in their care,” she says.
The Silver Rainbow Project resource kit contains:
• Train-the-Trainer module
• Facilitator’s Guide
• Participant’s Workbook
• Guidelines for Care Staff
• Certificate of Participation
• Evaluation Form
• DVD with two scenario videos - named Chris & Pat and Peggy & Sam - specifically produced for use with this resource.
• The DVD also includes the Train-the-Trainer PowerPoint module, and PDF versions of all of the printed material for copying.
The latest version of the Silver Rainbow Resource Kit can be downloaded at this link.

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