Members of the LGBTQ community often find it hard to find medical professionals, caregivers, and community support that respect and recognize their needs. Kathy fully supports those in non-traditional partnerships or lifestyles, and welcomes the opportunity to help clients receive the quality care and dignity they deserve when managing their later years.
Some challenges we may address together include:
Basic Health Care
- LGBT elders are only half as likely as their heterosexual counterparts
to have close family to lean on for help.
- The support systems of LGBT elders — their partners and their families (often families “of choice”) may not be recognized under the law. LGBTQ people frequently are not granted family or medical leave to take care of
a sick or terminally ill partner.
- LGBTQ people may need legal documentation to avoid being excluded from decision-making on a partner’s medical care or funeral plans.
- Despite creating families of choice and other support networks, many older LGBTQ people still experience high rates of social isolation. They are more likely to be single and to living alone, and are less likely to have children. They may not feel welcome in the places such as senior centers, and may worry they would not feel comfortable in certain assisted living situations.
Recognizing and respecting the needs
of LGBTQ elders
"We would hire Kathy
again without question."
Client, Watertown, MA