Rochester, N.Y. Home Health Agency Educates Workers In Cultural Competency for LGBT Population


A dinner conversation has ended up putting a new resource on the menu of health care options for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who need home care in the Rochester region.

HCR Home Care, working with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, has trained a 10-person team in understanding the issues that may keep some LGBT individuals from seeking care.


Estimates of the Rochester LGBT community range from 28,000 to 35,000, according to HCR and AIDS Care. Of that number, more than 4,000 are age 65 and older.


HCR worked with the Gay Alliance to train a group of nurses, different types of therapists, social workers and home health aides who, among their other clients, would be dispatched to care for an LGBT person who requests them. The program started in mid-March as a pilot and so far has had three referrals.

Scott Fearing, education director for the Gay Alliance, said the competency training doesn’t provide preferential treatment but proper care.

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