Senior Living Communities Now Being Rated On Inclusiveness

By John Ruffier: A joint effort between SAGE (www.sageusa.org) and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (www.HRC.org) is resulting in the creation of the “Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI)”, which will measure how well senior living communities address concerns of their LGBTQ residents through policies and procedures, staff training and other measures.  SAGE’s website says: “The goal of the LEI is to create a network of long-term care communities across the country that are providing a welcoming home for older LGBTQ people”.

HRC indicates that “The LEI is an assessment tool that will encourage and help residential long-term care communities to adopt policies and best practices that provide cultural competent and responsive care to LGBT older adults.  More than just an assessment, the LEI will provide resources and technical assistance to bring these policies and practices to life.

More information on the LEI and concerns of LGBTQ seniors can be found here:  https://www.sageusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/sage-lei-final-digital.pdf and here: https://thelei.org/.

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