Silver rainbow kit
The first generation of openly out and proud gay and lesbian people are reaching retirement age and a new ‘‘silver rainbow kit’’ has been put together to prepare carers. The kit details best practice for aged residential care in New Zealand and the wider community. Researchers were approached by The Rule Foundation which focuses on the gay and lesbian communities’ wellbeing. By conducting interviews, researchers found many staff did not realise their clients may have been part of the LGBT community. Older gay and lesbian people are ‘‘very much in the closet’’ due to homosexuality being illegal when they were growing up. The Silver Rainbow Kit was created by the researchers with videos and tools to help staff better understand LGBT culture. Go to facebook.com/ SilverRainbowNewZealand.