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Asbury Methodist Village Earns SAGECare LGBT Credential as a Community of Welcome
GAITHERSBURG, Md -- Asbury Methodist Village (AMV), a continuing care retirement community located in Montgomery County, Maryland, is honored to become the first community of its kind in the state to achieve cultural competency certification through SAGECare as it relates to serving those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In June 2018, AMV achieved Bronze level certification, and is scheduled to accomplish the highest level of certification, Platinum, later this summer.
SAGECare (www.sageusa.care) is a division of SAGE, the country’s oldest and longest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGECare provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) competency training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers.
The criteria that Asbury Methodist Village satisfied to achieve Bronze Certification include:
-On-demand training for 20% of Asbury Methodist Village Staff
-SAGECare will provide Asbury Methodist Village with a video file for the “Creating Inclusive Communities” course to host on the Asbury Methodist Village Relias system, and the license to use that file to train 160 employees. The course covers
- the basics about what LGBT means
- stories of real LGBT older adults – and how their lives have intersected with changes in how society thinks about and treats LGBT people
- meaningful action steps that staff can take immediately to improve the quality of supports and services they provide
- best practices when working with LGBT older adults in a nursing home or assisted living setting.
“We are a community of welcome to individuals of all backgrounds and faith traditions, and this certification helps solidify our commitment to serving those in the LGBT community,” said Asbury Methodist Village Executive Director Rob Liebreich. “Together, Asbury and SAGECare will continue our partnership to serve people with the best care possible, and help all people age with dignity and respect, with the comfort of knowing they will be celebrated for who they are.”
Asbury Methodist Village is affiliated with Asbury Communities, Inc., and operates a CARF- and EAGLE-accredited continuing care retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md. Affiliates of Asbury Communities, Inc., operate in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and the Asbury system is ranked by LeadingAge and Ziegler Capital Markets Group's LZ150 as the 15th-largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization in the country. For information about Asbury Methodist Village, please visit www.asburymethodistvillage.org.
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE also coordinates SAGENet, a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Learn more at sageusa.org.
If you would like more information about SAGECare Training visit sageusa.care.
Eric Anderson, Director of Communications
Asbury Communities, Inc.