Although access to clean, safe housing and sufficient care is essential for older adults, LGBTQIA+ individuals face barriers to accessing it. Because of the discrimination they experience due to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, finding living options that make them feel safe, accepted, and well-cared for can be a daunting task.
Research from Healthy People, an initiative of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, shows that discrimination against LGBTQIA+ seniors correlates with higher rates of substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and suicide. This finding underscores the importance of providing discrimination-free living options and healthcare for LGBTQIA+ seniors, especially for those living in poverty or having poor physical or mental health.
Check out Senior Homes’ resource guide for LGBTQIA+ seniors to learn more about the common challenges this demographic faces, how their loved ones can help them find safe and comfortable housing, and resources seniors can utilize for additional support.
To access the resource guide, please click here.