“It is a matter for celebration that people are living longer. Caring for and supporting each other should be something to celebrate.”2
Set against a backdrop of an increasingly ageing population and a time of growing awareness of the housing with care needs of an older population,it is true that little is said of older people’s sexual orientation and even less about those older people that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans*(LGBT)
Engaging and involving older LGBT groups in the development of housing, particularly housing with care, has often been on an opportunistic, sometimes ad hoc basis. Much of the current debate about care and housing is centred around the personalisation/commissioning agenda and providers of these services have often been slow to respond or recognise the diverse nature of their client/customer focus. It is therefore no surprise that older LGBT people do not feel considered in the wider housing debate and can feel that they are missing out on choices that are available to other sections of the older population.