What Is The Project?

In 2023, Capitol Hill Village began a project focused on LGBT inclusion among long-term care communities in the DC area, starting with CCRCs. CCRC is the abbreviation for Continuing Care Retirement Community, the definition from AARP is "a long-term care option for older people who want to stay in the same place through different phases of the aging process."

 

In 2024, we plan to expand the project to focus on other types of long-term care communities, specifically assisted living communities and nursing homes. The National Council on Aging defines assisted living communities as "a type of residence for older adults who need daily care, but not as much care as a skilled nursing home provides", and nursing homes as "residential communities for adults needing ongoing, skilled care that can no longer be provided at home or in an assisted living facility." 

Continuing Care Retirement Community Survey and Results

In February of 2023, we surveyed DC LGBT residents 50 years and older to learn more about the experiences, challenges, and concerns of LGBT older adults as it relates to aging and CCRCs. On March 29th we hosted a discussion of the survey results, their implications, and the project’s next steps.

CCRC Survey Brief

File name : CCRC-Project-Brief.pdf

CCRC Project Events

March 2023-Survey Data Party

July 2023-Info Session On DC Law 23-154

On July 22nd we hosted a hybrid info session with the DC Office of Human Rights focusing on DC Law 23-154: Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2020. This event is in response to a significant finding from our survey that 81% of respondents were not aware of DC Law 23-154.

November 2023-Listen and Learn: Panel On LGBT+ Inclusion In CCRCs

On November 2nd, we hosted a panel featuring representatives from three local senior care communities: Riderwood, Ingleside, and Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue. The panel focused on a range of topics related to LGBT inclusion, such as resident experiences, policies, training, and more. The purpose of this panel was to increase access to and transparency around information regarding LGBT inclusion in care communities, for this specific panel focusing on CCRCs.