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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Niche in elder care: assisted living for LGBT seniors

What should you look for in an assisted living facility?

Few of us like thinking about where we might end up when we are no longer able to care for ourselves or safely live on our own.  But, planning ahead for this type of eventuality will allow you to choose a facility that will truly meet your needs. 

Owners of assisted living facilities are getting more creative and are starting to offer accommodations to suit many different kinds of needs. We’ve seen care facilities specializing in varying degrees of care, Parkinson's care, Alzheimer's care, dementia care and so on. There just seem to be better options for the specialized needs of our aging population.

Assisted Living for LGBT Seniors

One California assisted living facility has recently opened up that caters specifically to the millions of LGBT baby boomers who wish to live out their final years without having to explain themselves to anyone. The facility, aptly named “Stonewall Gardens”, is located in Palm Springs, a veritable haven for active seniors who enjoy warmer climates.  It was formerly a motel from the 1950s that was revamped in the 1970s. It is now home to a growing clientele of LGBT seniors.

The owners recognized that this generation might not have the support of their families, and have a greater need for community and care outside of the family. When many seniors are forced back into the closet when staying in other assisted living facilities, the ability to live openly and without judgment is a big draw.

How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

Many factors go in to choosing an assisted living facility, based on the level of independence you want, the level of medical care that you need, and other more personal amenities that you desire.

Being able to choose in advance can be a real benefit if you suddenly find yourself needing additional care. Here are some things to consider when choosing an assisted living facility.

  1. Is there medical care available 24/7?
  2. What are the staffing ratios during the day and night?
  3. What type of training does staff get?
  4. Can facility staff administer medications?
  5. What is the discharge policy?
  6. What living spaces are available?
  7. Are there outdoor spaces to enjoy?
  8. Is the property kept clean?
  9. How secure is the property?
  10. What types of menus are available?
  11. What is the cost and what is included in the cost?
  12. Does insurance cover any part of the services?
  13. Is there a waitlist? If so, how long is it and what is the policy?
  14. Are there other amenities such as workout facilities or group activities?
  15. Does the facility specialize in treating your specific medical issue?
  16. What are the current residents like?
  17. Are there other quality of life issues that you care about that you would like addressed?

Planning for Your Future

Estate planning encompasses so much when it comes to your later years. It is important that your plan is not delayed, so talk to an experienced estate-planning attorney today.  The Law Offices of Berge & Berge can offer quality estate planning advice based on over 23 years of experience. Contact us today at 408-389-6980 to see how we can help.

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