A BCBSRI Safe Zone logo identifies a healthcare practice or provider that provides safe, affirming, and inclusive care to the LGBTQ community. There are numerous requirements that must be met to earn this certification, including, staff training specific to the care of trans* and LGB people; protection for patients and staff from discrimination based on gender identity or expression; gender neutral bathrooms; inclusive forms and procedures; and a public commitment to connecting with and serving the LGBTQ community.
There is accumulating evidence of health disparities among older adults who identify as LGTBQ, making them an at-risk population. This places an increasing importance on providers to continue work on improving their competency and sensitivity around the needs of LGTBQ older adults. it is encouraging that BCBSRI designated four Rhode Island Assisted Living communities as LGTBQ safe zones, exemplifying a growing commitment to advancing health equity in the Sate’s Long-Term Care space.
- Arbor Hill – Aldersbridge Community Providence (401) 400-1800
- Linn Health & Rehabilitation – Aldersbridge Community East Providence (401) 438-7210
- St. Germain Manor – Aldersbridge Community Woonsocket (401) 597-5867
- Winslow Gardens – Aldersbridge Community East Providence (401) 438-4456
To learn more about other healthcare practices earning this distinction, visit the BCBRI site.