Green Hill Hosts the 1st LGBT Aging and Continuum of Care Roundtable in New Jersey

10/11/17 West Orange, NJ: Green Hill Inc. a not-for-profit, senior living community has had a 152-year history of innovative service to the elders of northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. On October 14th, 2017, Green Hill will host the first New Jersey LGBT continuum of care community roundtable discussion with industry providers, LGBT community stakeholders and advocacy leaders on the needs and desires of the elder LGBT community in continuum of care services and senior living.

Partnering with Garden State Equality and SAGEUSA, Green Hill is leading the way in serving the elder LGBT community by working with community stakeholders to create a model of best practice in long-term care housing and services for LGBTQ seniors of all economic levels, race, religions and cultures, and to advocate for and share this model across the aging services field. Following the roundtable, an elder LGBT community needs assessment survey will be instituted in winter 2018, and an LGBT elder resource expo will be held at Green Hill in June 2018.

“The most natural of next steps for Green Hill on its mission to serve our diverse community was specialized training to provide a welcoming home and person directed life and health care for our growing LGBT elder community,” said Donna Lazartic, Green Hill’s Executive Director-President. “Now it is time to create the unique programming needed and desired, across the care spectrum to ensure the LGBT community is well-served and feels at home in a community care setting.”

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force notes that there are currently 2.4 million Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender people in the United States 65 years and older. By 2030 that number is expected to grow by 50%. Green Hill recognizes that the LGBT community will continue to grow, and to age in our state and across the nation. The US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living estimates that “between 1.75 and 4 million American ages 60 and over are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” Green Hill believes that is incumbent upon elder care providers to create homes for, and provide resources, care and programming to the elder LGBT community.

“LGBT older adults paved the way for the freedoms that younger generations enjoy today. Historically they faced greater prejudice and stigma, and greater disruptions to their lives,” says Aaron Potenza, Director of Programs and Policy, Garden State Equality. “As recent research shows, they face greater barriers to financial security, lack of access to culturally competent healthcare, and less robust social supports and community engagement. They can feel unwelcome in the general aging population. What is unique and exciting about the Green Hill Roundtable is that it is a community conversation, with providers, advocates, and LGBT elders all coming together to engage in meaningful dialogue about creating programs to reduce those barriers and create welcoming living environments for the elder LGBT community. Garden State Equality is proud to be participating in this conversation and this effort.”

Green Hill is the only residential senior care provider in the NY metro area certified with SAGECare Platinum Certification and Innovator Status for completing a comprehensive provider training program focused on LGBT older adults and their caregivers, and cultural competency training on subjects related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

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