At Watermark, we’re committed to creating extraordinary and innovative communities where people thrive. Among the many ways we achieve this is by fostering an environment of acceptance and understanding that is free from discrimination of any kind. We value diversity in all forms and we are proud of our alliance with SAGECare in providing training for associates around improving aging services for LGBT older adults.
SAGE is a national organization founded in 1978, which offers supportive services to LGBT older adults and their caregivers. This remarkable organization serves as a catalyst in creating a higher quality of life for LGBT seniors by fostering a greater understanding of aging in all communities. SAGE is the oldest and largest non-profit organization that draws focus on the issues surrounding LGBT aging while providing the necessary resources to improve the lives of LGBT seniors. Their network of support has created a movement of caring activists dedicated to provide advocacy and specialized services throughout a wide variety of senior living communities.
In 2017, Watermark was first in the nation among senior living communities to partner with SAGE to pursue SAGECare Platinum credentials creating a more LGBT-welcoming environment at our communities coast to coast. The Platinum SAGECare credential is the highest level of LGBT cultural competency training offered by SAGE and requires a minimum completion of 80% of associates and community leadership.
As of this year, SAGECare has trained over 122,000 aging professionals in LGBT competent care across the United States. Attaining these credentials essentially helps LGBT people find trained, caring providers such as ourselves. With over 7 million LGBT people projected to be 65 or older within the next decade, we are prepared to provide the utmost quality care and welcome LGBT seniors with open arms.
Watermark communities have led the way in the development of transformative programs that support all aspects of well-being, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve. By providing our associates with SAGECare training, we are committed to delivering impeccable service and compassionate care in an accepting community where everyone thrives, regardless of LGBT status. This partnership and initiative has allowed us to expand our knowledge and embrace diversity while providing a more fulfilling future for residents and associates, families, visitors and guests. To learn more about SAGE and their mission and see some of their celebrations and observations of Pride, visit https://www.sageusa.org/