LGBT – Participant Directed Services
Regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals want to have choices and control over the decisions made about their long-term care. Many publicly funded programs provide Participant Directed Services for those who choose it. Some things to consider:
- Be sure to check ifone’s chosen provider is culturally competent to work with LGBT individuals, their partners and their family of choice
- LGBT adults may want to work with LGBT service organizations or culturally competent mainstream aging organizations to identify providers that are competent to meet their needs
Finding individual or agency providers competent to work with LGBT individuals and families may prove difficult for some. In addition to working with local LGBT organizations or inclusive mainstream aging providers, LGBT individuals may want to use the resources of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging for additional information and assistance. This web-based clearinghouse contains a number of valuable resources and hopes to add a new section highlighting LGBT-friendly services.