Neville Place has achieved the Platinum level of accreditation from SAGECare, an organization that provides LGBTQ Cultural Competency training and consulting to service providers. Earning this achievement demonstrates that at least 80% of Neville Place’s staff has gone through training to better understand and support LGBTQ older adults.
SAGECare is a division of SAGE, the country’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults. The organization’s accreditation process involved an in-person training geared toward Neville Place’s team of managers, paired with a training module for their frontline associates.
The program educated staff on the variety of issues and concerns facing LGBTQ older adults and promoted a commitment to inclusivity that Neville Place will continue to apply to their daily care, programming and operations. Completing this training and certification process helps the Assisted Living community establish an even stronger, more welcoming and inclusive support network for residents and associates, encouraging them to fully express themselves.
“SAGECare’s training program goes hand in hand with our number one value: Resident Quality of Life,” said Emily Nardiello, Neville Place’s Executive Director. “It is our first priority to make sure that every community member is wholly accepted and celebrated for who they are. Having this foundation of knowledge has really broadened our perspectives, and we are excited to now practice what we’ve learned.”
It is estimated that there are currently around 3 million LGBTQ older adults in the U.S, and that number is expected to grow to around 7 million by 2030 (SAGECare).