Caregivers of older adults are invited to improve their skills in working with older LGBT+ adults by attending a free training on Thursday, August 22. Attendees earn a Certificate of Completion and $25, if they register at least one week ahead of the class date, arrive on time and complete the four-hour class.
The training helps family care providers or paid workers with In-Home Supportive Services, private homecare agencies, and assisted living or skilled nursing facilities understand the challenges faced by LGBT+ seniors and how to improve their care and services.
The goal of the series of classes is to train and certify 180 care providers about the needs of LGBT+ older adults and LGBT+ adults with disabilities. In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority, Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, SAGECare and LGBTQ Connections developed the trainings because LGBT+ older adults face different challenges than other caregiver clients.
Clients of local senior service agencies and facilities will be informed that they can choose a caregiver who completed the training and are credentialed by SAGECare. The only national LGBT aging cultural competency training program, SAGECare is part of the advocacy group SAGE.
For more information about the trainings and caregiver certification, visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/Human-Services/Adult-and-Aging/Area-Agency-on-Aging/LGBTQ-Older-Adults, or call the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging at (707) 565-5700.