Green Hill Senior Living Earns LGBTQ Certification


Green Hill is the only residential senior care provider in the New York City metro area certified with SAGECare Platinum Status.

SAGEcare platinum certification

West Orange, New Jersey – April 21, 2017:  Green Hill Inc., the premier senior living residence in the New York City metropolitan area has earned SAGECare Platinum Certification from SAGEUSA for completing a comprehensive provider training program for LGBTQ older adults and their caregivers, and cultural competency training on subjects related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Green Hill is the only residential senior care provider in the NYC metro area certified with SAGECare Platinum Status.

SAGE USA is a not-for-profit organization that has been addressing the needs of LGBTQ elders for over thirty years, and provides services and advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders. It is the nation’s largest and oldest organization devoted to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGECare is the training and consulting division of SAGE USA.

“The SAGECare Platinum certification and Innovator status mirrors the culture change programs integrated into all levels of living styles and health services at Green Hill,” says Executive Director and President of Green Hill Donna Lazartic, MBA LNHA. “We’ve transformed our entire community to incorporate the principals of person-directed care. We are especially proud of our four The Villas at Green Hill dedicated to long term care, and short term rehabilitation fostering individual self-determination and personal preferences in a home like setting. The most natural of next steps is specialized training to provide a welcoming home and person directed life and health care for our growing LGBT elder community.”

“SAGECare is an opportunity to expand, transform and elevate the person-directed services that an agency already provides. The LGBT community needs providers who understand, acknowledge and celebrate their whole selves,” notes SAGECare Director Hilary Meyer at  Green Hill trained more than 80% of its staff in the four-hour onsite tool to earn SAGECare Innovator Status in addition to Platinum Certification.

Aging In Equity, LGBT Elders in America by Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, a national need assessment recently conducted by Senior Action in Gay Environment, noted that “housing ranked as the number one priority for action among LGBT seniors. While nursing homes offer an important alternative to long-term care provided in one’s home or in other community settings, LGBT elders share with their heterosexual counterparts an understandable dismay at the prospect of being confined to a nursing home or other long-term-care facility.

Institutionalization brings disconnection from one’s community and social network, diminished autonomy, and dependence upon institutional authorities—fearful prospects for LGBT seniors who have endured discriminatory treatment at the hands of traditional institutions for decades.”

Green Hill recognizes that the LGBTQ 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 care for the elder LGBTQ community. Utilizing the training provided by SAGECare to develop LGBT competency is instrumental in their efforts to provide the highest quality of care to the LGBTQ community.


Green Hill is rated Five-Stars by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.

Green Hill is the home of the 1st The Villas at Green Hill in New Jersey.

Green Hill is the only residential senior care provider in the NY metro area certified with SAGECare Platinum Status.

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