The New York based organization SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) has developed a nationwide educational program called SAGEcare, a program designed to ensure that home health care workers are comfortable and knowledgeable about caring for LGBT seniors and are familiar with the specific needs of this population.
The program focuses on training the health care workers, as well as the management and administrative departments of home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers, and senior centers. The director of the program, Hilary Meyer, explained that “the ultimate goal of the training is not only to enhance direct interaction between staff and clients, but to overhaul the total administrative approach of healthcare organizations in order to make them more LGBT-friendly.” SAGEcare has also launched a nationwide accreditation program through which healthcare organizations can be designated “LGBT-friendly”.
As in the healthcare provider world, there are also special considerations when developing long term care plans for LGBT seniors, so it is crucial to consult with an Elder Law attorney who is knowledgeable on these issues. If you or your loved one is interested in discussing your plan, go to “Find Your Situation” or visit our website, www.lamson-cutner.com for more information.