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Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults

Statistics indicate that there are about 2.7 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults in America who are age 50 or older. Over one million of these individuals are age 65 or older. About one-third of LGBT older adults live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, and about one in five LGBT older adults are people of color. These characteristics combine to place many older LGBT adults in situations that can make them particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers.

For instance, less than half of the states have laws preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which can pose a problem when it comes to finding quality and affordable housing. In fact, a study by the Equal Rights Center of older LGBT adults applying for housing in 10 different states revealed that 48% of the same-sex couples encountered discrimination, usually based on differences in price and availability of housing. Some senior living communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes are not welcoming to the LGBT population. When income and assets are limited, LGBT seniors may have few options for housing; as a result, they may have to receive substandard care or live in a facility in which any discrimination will go unchecked.

As you can see from the issues raised above, LGBT older adults face a unique set of challenges that other older individuals may not face. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of caregivers at nursing home facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Call your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.