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SAGE Expands Home Care Services

By Charlotte Robinson, October 29, 2021

SAGE the world’s largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older people has announced the expansion of SAGECare with the generous donation from SAGE Board member Laurie Peter & her wife Betsy Bernard. This will create new opportunities for the SAGECare program by building on its successes in the long-term care & elder living sectors SAGECare is expanding into the in-home care market. Laurie Peter stated, “Supporting SAGECare’s training work to expand in-home care for our elders is so important & we are happy to contribute to that effort.” Betsy Bernard added, “The work SAGECare has done with organizations is commendable & to bring SAGE’s expertise to the in-home care sector is vital for LGBTQ+ elders to age in place with the dignity & care they deserve.” SAGECare provides live & on-demand trainings for any professional working with older people & credentials agencies that meet certain training thresholds. To date SAGECare has trained & credentialed over 600 organizations most of which are in the long-term care, assisted living & skilled nursing sectors. Lynn Faria, SAGE Executive Vice President concluded, “Most LGBTQ+ older people want to stay in their homes rather than enter into long-term care. We also know how stressful it can be to invite paid caregivers into their homes, which is often a safe place where people can be themselves. Some LGBTQ+ elders may fear having someone in their home who could judge or give them inferior care because of who they are or who they love. That’s why we are so grateful to Laurie & Betsy for their investment, which will advance SAGECare’s engagement with agencies that provide in-home care & support.” 

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