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Continuing care at home program earns LGBT cultural competency credential

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Springpoint Choice, of Plainsboro Township, NJ, a continuing care at home program, honors Pride Month year-round, not just in June.

Recently, it became one of the first such programs to earn the Platinum SAGECare LGBT Aging Cultural Competency Credential.

“It was very thorough [and] gives a lot about the history of LGBTQ communities, the nomenclature from the past and from the present going forward,” Cecily Laidman, executive director of Springpoint Choice, which has 300 members in New Jersey and Delaware, told McKnight’s Home Care Daily.

With homophobia and prejudice a challenge in the senior living environment, Springpoint Choice made it a point to formally educate employees about the LGBT community in order to better serve them. Its operator Springpoint, a senior living provider in the mid-Atlantic region, chose to have Springpoint Choice spearhead the training, with the goal of having all of the organization’s senior living communities eventually follow suit.

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