Gay Retirement Communities
As the baby-boomer generation moves toward retirement, the need for senior living options that fit individual lifestyle needs continues to grow. Among the many lifestyle-catered-communities is for the LGBT community. Looking for visual, verbal, and physical signs can be helpful to see if a community is LGBT. Any signs that show any openness or promotion that displays how the community values every resident; such as showing pictures same-sex couples or any rules that demand respect for all residents no matter the race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Top-Rated LGBT-friendly Senior Communities
Below are some of the top-rated and well-known senior living communities that welcome LGBT residents and make them feel comfortable being themselves.
Fountaingrove Lodge is considered the first continuing care retirement community that focuses on the LGBT community. Though the community is expensive, most cannot resist living here due to the environment and sense of community. Residents treat one another like family and create a welcoming environment. LGBT residents feel accepted, comfortable and safe in this senior living community.
The focus of this senior living facility is independent living but provides the option of continuing care. The community has amenities such as weekly housekeeping, concierge services, maintenance, assistance available 24 hours per day, telephone and television, transportation, and meal plans. The retirement community provides activities such as yoga, entertainment, outings to local sights and a variety of classes. Some classes include cooking, art, poetry, fine jewelry, and other exciting classes the seniors can participate.
RainbowVisions is a retirement community that offers a prejudice-free environment that lets the residents feel safe and comfortable. The majority of the residents are part of the LGBT community, but the facility does not exclude heterosexual residents. The community is also multi-generational, meaning there is a diversity of ages from the 40s to the 90s.
The RainbowVisions community offers independent and assisted living care options for residents. The assisted living community is now called The Montecito and offers four-star dining options, a spa and fitness center, and other special events. The Montecito has 72 condominiums, 48 condominiums to lease, and 26 assisted-living apartments for lease. The costs range from $2,691 up to $4,456 per month and it is all-inclusive.
The Openhouse offers a safe and affordable environment for LGBT residents, which makes them feel welcomed and accepted. This retirement community has a diverse assortment of residents of all sorts of racial, ethnic, and sexual orientations. The community aims to reduce the LGBT isolation and promotes self-improvement, empowerment, and acceptance of diversity. The community also offers services for LGBT residents such as an HIV support group.
The Openhouse will be teaming up with Mercy Housing in order to construct 55 Laguna, which is an affordable and LGBT-friendly community that opened Fall 2016 which has 39 affordable studios, one-bedroom, and two bedroom homes. It also provides housing dedicated for homeless elders with HIV. The buildings allow pets and non-smoking buildings as well as on-site services such as case management, health, and wellness support, support groups, and other services. For a studio apartment, the cost is between $821 and $893 and for a one-bedroom home, the cost is between $879 and $1,019. A typical cost for a two-bedroom home is between $1,055 and $1,146, though the costs are subject to change.