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Assisted Living and the LGBT Community

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - October 4, 2013

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The face of assisted living has normally been centered on senior couples. In recent years, that dynamic and demographic has changed. There have been more and more articles and news reports on how the new demographic of assisted living consists of either single women or members of the LGBT community. One of the largest growing trends in assisted-living, retirement communities, and long-term care living are the new communities that cater to the LGB T demographic.

Differences in Care

Though it may not seem there would need to be any difference in care between a member or members of the LGBT community and the standard assisted-living demographic, there actually are. There are spiritual differences, lifestyle differences, and other differences that should be taken into account. Remember, that assisted living and retirement living have gone virtually unchanged for several decades. The cornerstone of changes in assisted-living care in the way we view care have primarily been centered on abuse allegations and abuse cases. It has only come to light recently, that differences in care also need to extend to the care being provided for different religious groups, different views of life, different lifestyles, and different individualized options.

Amenities in LGB T Communities

Fountain Grove Lodge, is one of the leading assisted-living and independent living communities catering to the LGBT lifestyle. In fact it is the first LGB T community of its kind. It is also the first community in the LGB T retirement groups that offer continuing and long-term care. Though the amenities may appear to be the same, the openness and acceptance of the lifestyle is one of the largest amenities and accepted amenities of the style of community. In many interviews and surveys, members of this community as well as other communities have expressed that being able to live their lifestyle, being open, and being accepted by not only other members of the community but also members of the care staff has been the largest draw to this type of assisted living.

Overall Acceptance

The acceptance has had mixed signals. For example, some communities are more than happy to accept assisted-living communities for the LGB T lifestyle and community members. However, there have been other cities who have gone well out of their way to pay in these type of assisted living communities. Some of these smaller communities have cited that it is a government issue based on the fact that same-sex marriage is not allowed in your state and therefore same-sex assisted-living unity should not be allowed either. Other communities have cited everything from political to religious reasoning for the reason they want these types of assisted communities banned.

The truth of the matter is, politics and society are changing. We are becoming a more open society to lifestyles and to the different kinds of lifestyles that people live. With these specialized communities and assisted living communities that are open and comforting in times of need for members of communities that are not always as welcome.