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New LGBTQ Elders Consumer Guide

By Charlotte Robinson, December 09, 2021

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation & SAGE have unveiled the first consumer guide for LGBTQ elders to find safe, affirming long-term care communities. This guide is an extension of the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI) that aims to inform aging members of our LGBTQ community & their loved ones what questions they should ask & what they should look for when they begin the process of selecting a long-term care community that is right for them or a loved one. Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President for Programs, Research & Training stated, “We all deserve to feel safe & have our needs met when seeking care. A long-term care community’s dedication to LGBTQ+ inclusivity must be rooted in inclusive policies & practices & this guide gives consumers the tools they need to ask the right questions. This resource is rooted in research & a dedicated partnership between the Human Rights Campaign Foundation & SAGE.” Michael Adams SAGE CEO concluded, “We hear far too many stories about LGBTQ+ elders who face discrimination & mistreatment in long-term care. An important part of the solution is giving elders the information they need to make their best possible choices when looking at long-term care options. This guide will empower older LGBTQ+ people to make choices that will allow them to be their authentic selves at whatever long-term care community they choose.” Access to LGBTQ affirming long-term care communities is an issue growing in importance as more out LGBTQ elders seek support. The LEI sets the first national standards for inclusive LGBTQ policies & practices for senior housing & residential long-term care communities. For More Info…

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