This piece was created in collaboration with the wonderful changemakers at the Diverse Elders Coalition
Serving the unique individuals who live in senior communities is so much of the reason this industry is incredible. But some voices do not get amplified as much as others, and we need to talk about that.
You may wonder why it’s so important to amplify these voices in senior living.
We cannot promise the best care without first understanding and accepting the unique needs, preferences and history of diverse older adults. Only when we share, celebrate and acknowledge the differences of our residents can we truly provide person-centered care.
In diverse communities, the access to long term care has increased over the last several decades, creating a great opportunity to develop multicultural programming and more. That being said, some communities typically have more varied access to care that fits their specific preferences, budgets and needs according to federal nursing home assessment data (Feng, et al.). If all communities made the choice to start taking small steps to a more inclusive environment, we could flip the script.
Here are some of those small ways we can create more diverse senior living communities that serves our residents as best we can.