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Phil Harper
Phil Harper Mar 20, 2019

Tattoos and coloured hair in dementia care

It is estimated that globally 38% of the population have at least one tattoo. The popularity of tattoos shows no sights of slowing, therefore, it is evident that a percentage of care professionals will have at least one tattoo. It is not uncommon to see care professionals with tattoos, piercings and brightly coloured hair, but what do the individuals they care for think about this alternative presentation? I have large stretched ears, piercings, brightly coloured hair and tattoos. Myself and...
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Phil Harper

Phil Harper

Phil has previously worked in hospitals, charitable organisations and most recently care homes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and postgraduate qualifications in practice development in dementia care. He has been involved in the development of dementia training for hospitals and care homes previously. Phil is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester and is currently studying a doctorate at Manchester Metropolitan University with the aim to explore care staffs understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ person living with dementia.

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Phil Harper
Phil Harper Jan 14, 2019

A brief discussion of the needs of a LGBTQ+ person with dementia

In the UK  there are no accurate statistics on LGBTQ+ people living with dementia. However, it is estimated that there are approximately 1.2 million older gay and lesbian people in the UK. This approximation demonstrates that there is a need for services such as care settings to recognise the needs of a gay or lesbian person living with dementia. This number, however, does not include transgender or other non-binary people living with dementia, the number of LGBTQ+ people with...
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