At Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) we celebrate diversity and welcome people of all religions, cultures, races, sexual orientation, gender expression, and class backgrounds. An example of how we do this is with our LGBTQ Initiative. The goal of this effort is to ensure that LGBTQ seniors seeking HSL health services or homes in our senior living communities receive excellent care, feel comfortable and respected, and are able to be honest and open about who they are.
HSL encourages a climate of innovation and progress, and is committed to person-centered care, paying special attention to seniors who are most vulnerable in our communities, and asking what matters to all of those we serve.
Under our hospital license, we work hard at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center to honor our Patient Bill of Rights, which includes the following mandates that all patients are:
What We Are Doing
We began our LGBTQ Initiative in the spring of 2016 with workshops at several of our senior living communities and the Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care team to train staff in how to care for LGBTQ seniors. This program was designed to help create an environment where LGBTQ seniors feel accepted, supported, and don’t delay care because they fear discrimination. It’s also helping seniors in our communities feel at ease and open about the LGBTQ children, grandchildren, and friends in their lives. In the spring of 2017, we trained more than 450 staff at HRC to care for LGBTQ patients.
We have incorporated a one-of-a-kind chaplaincy education unit, Spiritual Care of LGBTQ Elders in our Clinical Pastoral Education program.
We created an HSL-wide employee task force. Its mission is to not only help HSL become a welcoming and inclusive organization for our LGBTQ residents, patients, and their family members, but also truly accepting of our LGBTQ employees.
We’re now moving on to work with our patient communities to build more understanding.
We partner with the following community organizations who are dedicated to promoting the rights and well-being of LGBTQ elders.
And, we are proud sponsors of:
To learn more about our initiative, we invite you to read the following blogs:
Our LGBTQ Initiative is supported by grants from:
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging articles PDF download: