It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 3 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) older Americans. Traditionally this is a population that has been under-served by assisted living and long term care providers. Older LGBT residents report being treated as if they are heterosexual, experiencing discrimination, and being forced to hide their sexual identity.
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has developed an educational tool on meeting the needs of LGBT residents. According to NCAL, the tool “is designed to convey basic principles of person-centered caring, respect, and the need for cultural understanding. The scripted tool, formatted in PowerPoint, conveys to staff members that quality care is to be provided to all residents regardless of their sexual orientation.”