MEDFORD, Ore. — For the first time in Southern Oregon, and only the second time in the state, a training is being held to help the aging gay community with health care needs.
Rogue Valley Council of Governments’ Senior and Disability Services’ is holding the training. The goal is to arm staff and other health providers with information to help make gay older adults feel comfortable with in-home care and other health care.
They will be learning everything from what questions are appropriate to ask potential clients to using appropriate language.
“Understanding terminology is important; understand when you ask questions about wife or husband just as an example, what does that do to people who are not heterosexual?” explains Dave Toler, director of RVCOG Senior & Disability Services. “It makes them feel excluded, it makes them feel less comfortable.”
The free training for healthcare professionals is happening Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Smullin Center. A public showing of the documentary “Gen Silent” will be happening later that night at 7 p.m. also at the Smullin Center.