Advancing Equity in Caregiving for Older LGBTQ+ Adults: Lessons Learned from Interviews with Advocacy Groups, Community-Based Organizations, and Health Plans

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04/22/2024
AUTHOR – ATI Advisory

ATI Advisory identifies critical challenges for older LGBTQ+ adults experiencing long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs, including experiences of discrimination, limited social supports and consequent social isolation, and lack of cultural competency by providers of aging services. Interviews with individuals from advocacy groups, community-based organizations, and health plans who serve LGBTQ+ adults inform recommendations to meet these unique needs and challenges. 

Programmatic and policy recommendations highlighted in this brief include strategies for promoting cultural competency among aging services providers and addressing discrimination by homecare providers or by other residents in facility settings. This brief also discusses opportunities for integrated health systems and health plans seeking to advance equitable care and improve data collection processes. These recommendations embrace diverse approaches to enabling supportive environments during aging for older LGBTQ+ adults. 

In addition to this brief, a data spotlight outlines social supports and Medicaid coverage for LGBQ+ individuals.

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