Allison O'Kelly

Region South West
Association South West Association

I am a Queen's Nurse working in Cornwall specialising in dementia care. I want to focus my work around the needs and challenges faced by people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT) with dementia and their carers as I had professional experience of a trans woman who developed Alzheimer’s disease and became confused about her identity and how distressing it was for her and others. Through my own research I found that there is growing interest in this area with Australia providing excellent training and services to care home staff and professionals. Thanks to the WCMT I am going to Australia to learn more about these services and how we can improve our own.

  • Blog: LGBTQ+ community spaces

    19 Nov 2020

    In October, Manchester City Council announced a housing scheme for people over the age of 55 who identify as LGBTQ+. This is the UK’s first extra-care housing scheme...