See the video and documents below to learn more about the needs and fears of LGBTQ older adults seeking long-term care.
This brief explores why the LEI is an important process that all long-term care communitites should engage in—especially if they pride themselves on being rooted in person-centered care; if they are intent on continually enhancing their diversity, equity and inclusion; and/or if they wish to grow their market of potential residents.
Out and Visible examines the values, needs, wants and lifestyle preferences of LGBT older people. This study explores the aging realities of LGBT people, as well as their fears, beliefs, behaviors and aspirations in areas such as healthcare, finance and retirement, support systems, housing and sources of information.
This AARP study surveyed mid-life and older LGBTQ adults, examining their concerns and experiencing around aging in the US. The survey asked questions around preferences in seeking out partners and support networks, and navigating aging health issues. Results reveal concerns around having continued social support, lack of access to LGBTQ-specific senior services, and inadequate long-term care.
This publication is the result of a survey undertaken by six organizations seeking to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ older adults in long-term care settings. The survey also sought to capture personal comments that describe some of the varied experiences of LGBTQ older adults, their loved ones, and the providers who care for them.
This report documents the results of 200 matched-pair telephone tests conducted by the ERC in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. In 96 of the 200 tests (48%), a tester inquiring about housing in a senior living facility for a same-sex couple experienced at least one form of adverse differential treatment, as compared to a counterpart tester inquiring about housing for a heterosexual couple.
While many of these religiously affiliated facilities provide quality care for millions of older adults, there is a coordinated effort to pass religious exemption laws, issue executive orders and agency guidance, and to litigate court cases to allow individuals, businesses, and even government contractors and grantees to use religion to discriminate. These laws are particularly worrisome for LGBTQ elders. Religious exemption laws jeopardize the security and safety of LGBTQ older adults at a time when they are most vulnerable and most in need.
One untapped segment of the market that presents a viable opportunity for senior living communities to grow their business—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) seniors. Perhaps little known and less understood by the industry, LGBTQ older adults experience a range of unmet needs and discrimination when looking for senior housing. This is especially unfortunate considering that it is a market poised for rapid growth as a result of increasing numbers of Baby Boomers entering retirement. In fact, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force puts the number of LGBTQ seniors in the U.S. at 3 million and notes that this figure is expected to double by 2030 (Tobijah, 2017). Developing a marketing strategy that attracts LGBTQ older adults is the right thing to do. And it’s good business.