LGBT Residents’ Nursing Home Rights

Senior gets a kissAre you an LGBT nursing home resident?  The friend, partner, or advocate of such?  If so, you should take a look at the new publication, “Residents’ Rights and the LGBT Community: Know YOUR Rights as a Nursing Home Resident.”

The new 4-page publication was produced by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, and Lambda Legal, and is available at http://issuu.com/lgbtagingcenter/docs/lgbtrrfactsheet-final

There are not many LGBT-specific rights; rather, there are rights that all nursing home residents are guaranteed by the federal government, and many of these — the right to be free from abuse, the right to privacy, the right to be treated with respect, for example — may be of particular interest to LGBT residents.  This document highlights some of these rights, plus gives a short bulleted list of your options if you think a right has been violated. There is also a page of LGBT-specific resources that may be of particular interest to LGBT older adults.

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