About the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI)
SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older people, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the educational arm of the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ+ people, are joining forces to address these issues by launching the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI) to promote equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ+ older people in residential long-term care communities.
The LEI is an assessment tool that will encourage and help residential long-term care communities to adopt policies and best practices that provide culturally competent and responsive care to LGBTQ+ older people. More than just an assessment, the LEI will provide resources and technical assistance to bring these policies and practices to life.
The Long-Term Care Equality Index 2023 represents the first validated survey on LGBTQ+ inclusion in long-term care and senior housing communities. SAGE and The Human Rights Campaign Foundation are excited to present this report on the 200 communities from 34 states (including D.C.) that actively participated in the LEI 2023 survey.
Read the full Long-Term Care Equality Index 2023 here>>
Download the Long-Term Care Equality Index 2023 Executive Summary here>>
Interested in learning more? Download this quick fact sheet on Why the LEI?
Residential Long-Term Care Facilities that would like to participate in the LEI are encouraged to sign the Commitment to Caring Pledge.
What does the LEI mean to the LGBTQ+ community?
Older LGBTQ+ people should be able to access inclusive, welcoming and culturally competent services in long-term care communities, free from discrimination. To help make this a reality, the LEI is a valuable tool that will help long-term care communities adopt policies and practices necessary to provide culturally competent and responsive care for older LGBTQ+ people.
Commitment to Caring
Residential Long-Term Care facilities are invited to sign the pledge as an indication of their intention to adopt the LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices necessary to provide culturally competent and responsive care to LGBTQ+ older adults.
What is the LEI?
The LEI is designed to hold long-term care facilities accountable for providing equal care for ALL their constituents, including LGBTQ+ elders, and to make the transition into long-term care easy, comfortable, and welcoming.