Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Colton Stenke today unveiled GayFriendlyLongTermCare.com to help gay males and lesbians (including bisexuals and transsexuals) access information about long-term care insurance. Visitors to the site will be able to request information from an industry professional, and beginning in mid-August find a resource page and a community links page to inform and engage the community.
Like the rest of the country, gay males and lesbians are living longer and face the prospect of needing care for the long-term should they find themselves incapacitated. But the needs of gays and lesbians differ from their heterosexual counterparts and present unique obstacles. These challenges require professionals who specialize in solutions in continued care for the GLBT community.
GayFriendlyLongTermCare.com Stands Ready to Fill a Growing Need:
“Gays and Lesbians face unique challenges and we are ready” says Colton Stenke, founder of Gay Friendly Long-Term Care (GFLTC).
- Gays and lesbians are less likely to have children than heterosexuals leaving them without immediate family members to assist with care or to contribute with financial assistance.
- Medicare and Social Security presents a particular drawback. A domestic partner is generally unable to remain in a jointly owned home while Medicaid pays for the costs of care, unlike their heterosexual-counterparts.
- More than 1 in 10 same-sex couples includes a partner that is at least 65 years old, according to a 2004 Human Rights Campaign report The Cost of Marriage Inequality to Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Seniors. And while most Americans can often count on Social Security spousal or survivor benefits, regulations currently prohibit same-sex partners from receiving these types of assets.
“Since mainstream protections do not always apply, gay and lesbian couples can find it difficult to keep their home and retirement savings intact,” says Colton Stenke. He continues, “It’s about preserving independence and dignity. Planning ahead and ensuring both partners are protected is crucial.”
For more information about Gay Friendly Long-Term Care, please visit www.gayfriendlylongtermcare.com.