2021 LEI Report

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, and SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, present the first edition of the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI).

This national benchmarking tool evaluates long-term care communities based on the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ residents and patients. This initial report does not score long-term care communities but instead includes research data on how many long-term care communities currently have LGBTQ-inclusive policies, a list of LEI Pioneering Participants, community profiles, and lays out how organizations can participate in the LEI and improve their policies.

As of the release of this initial report, there have been 78 “Commitment to Caring” pledges completed, which is the first step in the LEI and indicates long-term care communities’ intentions to adopt LGBTQ inclusive and culturally competent policies and practices. Additionally, there have been 49 self-assessments completed for 184 diverse long-term care communities, with 32 states represented.

Organizations can participate in the LEI by signing the “Commitment to Caring” pledge, taking the LEI self-assessment, and planning for long-term LGBTQ-inclusive goals after receiving a customized needs-assessment report. The official LEI survey with validated responses and indexing will open up in Fall 2022. The next edition of the LEI will be released in 2023 in which participating communities receive a tier of distinction.