Finding the best senior living community for LGBTQ older adults.
According to SAGE, the National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging, it is estimated that there are over 3 million LGBTQ seniors in the U.S., with that number doubling by 2030.1 Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and race, we all deserve to be our authentic selves! As gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals move into their retirement years, the demand for LGBTQ retirement communities continues to expand. And with that, LGBTQ older adults have a greater choice of an inclusive place to call home. In this article, we’ll discuss LGBTQ senior living options and essential questions to consider as you search for a place to spend your golden years. We’ll also detail LGBTQ-oriented retirement communities across the United States and top cities embracing LGBTQ elders.
LGBTQ Senior Living Options
Knowledge is empowering, so let’s explore how to make the most of LGBTQ senior living. From housing and medical care to location and amenities, there are quite a few key factors to evaluate. The bottom line? LGBTQ retirees are entitled to live comfortably without unjust discrimination.
LGBTQ Retirement Communities and Villages
An LGBTQ retirement community is ideal for active older adults living independently. These locations are generally designed for those over the age of 55 and can be rich in amenities like fine dining, housekeeping, and outdoor activities. LGBTQ retirement communities and villages can be found in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Later in this article, we’ll share 10 LGBTQ retirement communities to explore.
Assisted Living Communities
Those who live in an assisted living community can still live on their own with a bit of help. Staff assist residents with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, and medication management when needed. There are limited options across the U.S. for dedicated LGBTQ assisted living facilities, so take time to interview leadership and staff to ensure the location is welcoming to all people, including same-sex couples.
It is estimated that upward of 5 percent of people living in long-term care communities identify as LGBTQ.2 Nursing homes are long-term residential care facilities for individuals who need more medical care than an assisted living facility can provide. As the employees will be in close contact with residents, it’s imperative to confirm the nursing home is LGBTQ-friendly, as dedicated gay nursing homes are not common.
For LGBTQ adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, finding an LGBTQ-friendly memory care facility is crucial. It’s common for LGBTQ individuals with dementia to face additional challenges. When visiting local memory care facilities, ask if the staff has the experience and extensive training to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ individuals with memory loss. This is especially crucial in states without anti-discrimination laws for LGBTQ people.