Elderly lesbian woman Malloy was devastated when told she could no longer visit an aged care facility’s lonely residents.
The volunteer visitor, who is referred to only as Malloy, could not understand why any of the residents would complain about her, as the facility claimed in October 2017.
She was horrified. An uncomfortable meeting with the nurse manager only added to her hurt.
“She said that I was not allowed to talk about my sexuality with the residents,” Malloy told the aged care royal commission.
The nurse manager said Malloy could continue to visit one male resident because he liked her and another two or three people.
“I was devastated to be told that I was no longer allowed to visit all my usual residents and to hear that they had been complaining about me,” Malloy said on Thursday.
The 84-year-old said she did not hide the fact that she was a lesbian while at the facility, but it was not something she actively spoke to residents about.
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