SAGECare: Creating a More Welcoming Space for LGBTQ+ Elders
By Vera Lukacs
SAGE is proud to announce the launch of SAGECare—a new training initiative for service providers led by a passionate and experienced team from SAGE. It offers cultural competency training to service providers who wish to join a more inclusive community for LGBTQ+ elders, as well as learn to welcome LGBTQ+ older adults with open arms.
SAGECare goes above and beyond the usual method of diversity training. The program creates a space for service providers to expand, transform and elevate their understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ elders. The training provided by SAGECare help staff and administrators learn how to comfortably engage with LGBTQ+ elders; how to become open minded and non-judgmental, and how to create LGBTQ+-inclusive programming. Once a person completes the training online or in-person, your agency will be awarded a SAGECare credential.
A SAGECare credential indicates that a provider has completed a training especially geared toward LGBTQ+ elders by SAGECare Leadership or Certified Trainers, using SAGE-certified curricula. Agencies that have earned a credential are listed on the SAGECare website and are able to use the SAGECare logo on advertising, websites and other platforms as specified by a Licensing Agreement. By presenting a SAGECare credential badge, you will demonstrate to your community that you have the background, skills, and knowledge to work with a diverse population. Please review these badges to ensure that a service provider is SAGECare credentialed.
So, why invest in LGBTQ+ competency? “Because your mission is to serve people with the best care possible. SAGECare helps you serve your LGBTQ+ and other diverse clients even better. When your staff and agency become LGBTQ+ competent, you can communicate with your clients, residents and their families with even more compassion and depth — what’s great for all community members is great for business.” said Hilary Meyer, SAGECare Director.
Vera Lukacs is a digital media assistant at SAGE.