Gay Retirement Communities/Homes
A number of studies in the US and Europe amongst mainstream retirement care communities have shown that they are unaware or disinterested in the sexuality of their residents, and most deny having any gay men living in them. Gay people living in care communites are often subjected to verbal or physical harassment and prejudice - hence many have retreated to the closet.

Thankfully that situation is changing and a number of communities are in existence or development which cater for mature gay people. So no longer will elderly gay people have to slam the closet door shut behind them just because they need assisted care.

See also the Research Page for background information

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Articles
Best places if you're 50 and gay - Top gay-friendly counties in the USA Uses census data to find counties with the highest concentrations of households containing a gay male or lesbian couple with a householder (the person filling out the census form) aged 55 or older. This is matched to detailed profiles of more than 26,000 communities to find the best places to be 50 and gay.
Don't Mention the Kids: Elderly Gays Find Togetherness in L.A. Ries House

Article on an assisted living facility for gay elders in Amsterdam and on plans to develop mixed housing for LGBT and heterosexual elders. By Willemein Groot, Radio Nederland (June 17, 2002).

Homo Sweet Home

This article takes a look at existing housing options for queer seniors in Canada, particularly housing co-operatives By Tom Yeung, Xtra West, March 22, 2001
Personal Pages, Groups & Organizations
Older Gays For Shared Living Yahoo Group for men over 40 (mainly retired) to make contact with the aim of sharing private homes and not necessarily interested in assisted living or gay apartment/condo complexes, etc.
Gay Seniors Retiring
GSR (Gay Seniors Retiring) is a place on the web where gay seniors or gay sooner-or-later-to-be seniors can discuss their retirement or their plans for future retirement. We invite questions, suggestions and other comments about how we as gay people are finding fulfillment in our years beyond regular employment
USA

Beau Monde
Beau Monde Management Group, LLC, PO Box 218499, Nashville, TN 37221
Tel 866-450-BEAU (2328)

Developing upscale gay retirement communites in Palm Springs, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Scottsdale. Providing independent and assisted living as well as skilled nursing and continued care. Liberty, a Beau Monde desert community, is an upscale, active adult development in the heart of Palm Springs. Construction is set to begin Summer of 2007.

Birds of a Feather Resort
Bonnie J. McGowan
11 WhiteHawk Trail
Pecos, New Mexico 87552
Tel 505 757-2901
Email bonnie@birdsofafeather.com

A residential community in Pecos, New Mexico is open to anyone who wishes to live harmoniously in a Lesbian and Gay community designed for active adults. A gated resort community on 140 acres of forested land with outstanding natural beauty and magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in sunny northern New Mexico,

Carefree Cove
Boone, N.C.
Tel: 941/731-3208.
Email cg@resortoncb.com

A mountain retirement community for gays that is currently under development near Boone, N.C1 set in 65 acres of wooded land in the North Carolina mountains.90 lots will be sold on 165 acres of the property. The remaining 65 acres will be set aside for recreation like fishing or hiking. A 3,400-square-foot lodge is planned as the center of the community. The lodge will have a fireplace, indoor pool, hot tubs and meeting space.

Calamus Communities
401 W. Clarendon Phoenix, AZ 85013 For Room Reservations call 1877-4CALAMUS or 602-274-4774
Email: vernj@cox.net

Gay retirement community opening in Phoenix, AZ. Also boasts a restaurant on the same site.
Camellia Assisted Living
Fair Oaks, CA
Tel: 916-962-7106 / 916-241-8990
Email: care@camelliaassistedliving.com
The first center in California to cater to gay and lesbian seniors, according to its owner. The assisted living facility is set up more like a bed and breakfast than a traditional senior center.

Fountaingrove Lodge
4210 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Tel: 707-576-1101

Email wes.winter@fountaingrovelodge.com

Fountaingrove Lodge is a developement by Aegis Senior Living, a recognized leader in the retirement housing industry. In addition to a 148-unit continuing care retirement community for LGBT older adults it will include a 36-unit facility offering assisted living and Alzheimer's care. The development is slated to be ready for occupancy by the winter of 2007­2008
The Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Corporation
P.O. Box 691657 West Hollywood CA 90069
Tel: 323.954.3900 or 866.838.1266
Fax: 323.954.3928
Via email: info@gleh.org
The Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to building and operating high-quality affordable residential communities which provide a safe nurturing environment that supports the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults. Using a combination of grass roots activism and development expertise, we will build and operate an affordable, independent-living facility for GLBT older adults living in the greater Los Angeles area.

Gay and Lesbian Retirement
1423 Main Street Little Rock, AR 72202
Tel: 1-866-674-5266
Fax: (501) 421-3140
Email: input@galretirement.com

The goal of GAL Retirement is to offer an esthetically pleasing environment just like a large home with common areas for meal and recreation. The vision of GAL retirement is to provide a welcoming home for 5 to 10 guests in most locations. First location is New Orleans area opening Dec 1 2003.

Gaycare
Post Office Box 1035
Daly City, CA 94017-1035
Email: administrator@gaycare.com

Private, licensed residential care home in Daly City, Calif. (near San Francisco), for gay men ages 60-plus.
Gay Family Compound
Russian River Resort Area
Guerneville
California
Email: OurPlace116@yahoo.com
A Care Home for elder/disabled Gay & Lesbians
We are truly an extended Family Compound with a fulltime live-in care services provider. Fully fenced in acreage with three separate dwellings. Independence along with the security and assistance of a loving caregiver.
The Grayborhood
Tel: 954-927-5593
Fax: 954-927-3822
FL 33004
E-mail: ccincart@msn.com
Fort Lauderdale Accomodations for the Mature (over 40) GLBT community. Tropical setting with pool/hot tub/fitness equipment.- 1 bedroom apartments available for short or extended stays.
Lifemax Senior Services
Lifemax Senior Services
2565 Broadway #242
New York, New York 10025
Tel: 212-531-3050
lifemaxseniors@nyc.rr.com
When you need help caring for an older parent partner or friend. Non-medical in-home eldercare assistance company designed for the glbt community
openhouse (formerly Rainbow Adult Community Housing) A non-profit organization founded in San Francisco in 1998. Its mission is to address disparities preventing isolated and vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors from accessing crucial senior housing, health, long-term care and aging-support services that are sensitive to their needs.
Our Town
Email: lundberggroup@ourtownvillages.com
Developing gay and lesbian communities

Palms of Manasota (USA)
138 49th Court East Palmetto FL 34221
941-722-5858 office
941-721-8026 fax
e-mail info@palmsofmanasota.com

The Palms of Manasota was the first gay & lesbian adult living community in the USA. The Palms seeks to build communities that are senior-friendly, attractive, pleasant and safe, and that can serve as models for other communities.

Paradise One
P.O. Box 343
Northampton
MA 01060
Phone: 413-582-9899
info@paradise-one.com

Paradise One, in Easthampton, Massachusetts, will be New England’s first age-in-place community for GLBTS individuals, couples and families. A development of approximately 70 living units with facilities for events, guest accommodations, concierge services, and innovative high-tech features. The units are anticipated to be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2007.

Parkside Male Residential Hotel
Parkside Male Residential Hotel 1431 South Main Street Akron, OH 44301
Tel: (330)724-1800
Fax: (330)773-1114
Email: jbrown@neo.lrun.com

Currently provides 15 fully-furnished rooms with extensive facilities including, dining room, physical fitness & tanning gym, and a surround sound theatre, located close to downtown Akron.
Rainbow Gardens Rainbow Gardens Stay at Home Assisted Living allows you to stay at home while receiving services and care from qualified, carefully selected, gay/lesbian friendly staff
Email: sgw@rainbow-gardens.com

RainbowVision Properties, Inc.
W. Cordova Rd. #803 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: 505-983-6609 Fax: 505-995-8808
E-mail: joysilver@earthlink.net

RainbowVision Properties, Inc. was incorporated in New Mexico in 1998 to develop resort-style, Independent and Assisted Living retirement communities primarily for the gay and lesbian senior population. The flagship property is RainbowVision Village in Santa Fe, New Mexico. RainbowVision will expand into other locations as the company closely follows the particular demands of the senior GLBT population.
Rainbow Vista
1350 W. Powell Blvd. Gresham, Oregon 97030
(888) 470-0130 Toll Free
info@rainbowvista.com
Opening on June 27 2007, 100% gay owned and operated, not for profit, high tech, active gay senior retirement community. We are a group of gay people committed to enjoying the fact that we have "arrived" numerically to that stage in life where the pressures of home ownership and striving to maintain other early life responsibilities have been released to others. We strive to give you, the gay retiree, the best living arrangements at the most affordable price. Oregon has no state sales tax and is a gay friendly state with new laws just passed providing all same sex partners with benefits equal to married couples.
The Resort on Carefree Boulevard 3000 Carefree Boulevard Fort Myers, Fla. 33917-7135 Phone: (800) 326-0364 A vacation and resort community of manufactured home and recreational vehicle sites. Home sites start at $27,500 and homes and home sites and packages run from $69,000 to $120,000, according to the resort's website.
Stonewall Communities
PO Box 990035
Prudential Center
Boston MA 02199
Telephone: 617 570 9090
Stonewall Communities has purchased the properties at 23 and 9 Miner Street in the Fenway/Audubon Circle neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. We are designing and will build a residential community of 66 homes targeted to older lesbians, gay men, their friends, and families.

World's Edge Retirement and
Longevity Resort

(704) 685-9673 or -7693, fax
(704) 685-7666, or write to P.O. Box 579, Edneyville, NC 28727

Still in development hidden in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
On 100 acres site each lot will be five acres with as much nature as possible surrounding the homes. Purchases of the lots can build whatever type house they want but developers are hoping for brick or log cabin type homes.
Venus Acres
429 Earnhardt Dr.
Venus, FL 33960
Tel: 863-465-0234
Fax: 239-369-6451
Venus Acres is a community located in Highlands County, Florida. Centrally located, it is a short drive from both east and west coasts.It is rural, the roads are shell rock, and you can hear cows, see horses, and live with agricultural zoning, and few restrictions. Manufactured homes of many sizes dot the one acre parcels, with some site built ones. The 180 lots are about 30% gay- owned, and that is changing fast as word gets out.
CANADA
Rainbow Manor
177 FRANK STREET, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA K2P 0X4
TEL: (613) 688-2752
FAX: (613) 237-6842
E-MAIL: rideau@istar.ca
Canada's First Gay and Lesbian Retirement Home
VIVAT Group
PO Box 339 Stn Q
Toronto
Ontario
M4T 2M5
Tel: 416-925-3202
Email: info@VIVATgroup.com
Building communities and services, ideal for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community (and their friends) over the age of 45. Based in Toronto, Canada, we plan to expand to other North American locations as our membership grows.
Plum Living Properties & Health Services Inc
1502 Comox Street Vancouver BC V6G 1P2 CANADA
Tel: 604.789.8725
Fax: 778.330.6476 info@plumlivingproperties.com

Our mission is to develop Lifestyle Communities and provide Home Health Services for mature LGBT persons and Friends.

Currenty considering development of an LGBT community in partnership with RainbowVision Properties Inc., we are currenty by design in British Columbia for "The Second Fifty Years".

EUROPE
The Alzheimer's Society's Lesbian and Gay Network
A UK telephone helpline service staffed by gay men and lesbian women. Also includes advice for finding residential care.
Email: gaycarers@alzheimers.org.uk
Johanna
Botermelkbaan 4, 2900 Schoten , Belgium
+32(0)476 304 296 (03)000 00 00 Email: info@rusthuis-johanna.be
Purpose-built care facilty for LGBT people near Antwerp, Belgium.
Altenseniorenheim
Walter Paul & Ante Curcovic
Am Stiegelschlag 5,
60385, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel/Fax: 069 / 46 93 211
Email: wpaul22065@aol.com
Group developing gay senior assisted living apartment complex in Frankfurt, Germany.
Gay Homes in Retirement
5 Coopers Court
Folly Island
Hertford
Herts
SG14 1UB UK
Tel: +44 (0)1992 421000
Fax: +44 (0)1992 421009
E-mail: clients@holdings.co.uk
John & Mike of Gay Homes in Retirement have been researching the options available to live open and free lives in later years.
The results show that there are no housing or permanent welfare facilities anywhere in the UK geared to the needs of older lesbians or gay men.
Initially we are conducting a survey to establish the need for specialised retirement housing for the lesbian and gay community, and what form it should take.
GaySol (Stockholm)
RFSL Stockholm
Box 3444
103 69 Stockholm, Sweden
Project of RFSL (Swedish national gay group) working to develop LGB elder housing in Stockholm. Home page in Swedish provides overview, mailing list signup form.
L A Ries foundation
PO Box 3386 1001 AD
Amsterdam
The Netherlands Telephone:
+31 20 623 10 52
Housing complex with 7 apartments adapted for the elderly in Amsterdam
ASIA

Asia-Sense
66/9 Moo 4 T. Namuang 84140
Koh Samui - Thailand
Tel +66897281947
Email: Info@asia-sense.com

Asia Sense, located on the island of Kho Samui in Thailand, is a retirement lodging dedicated to gay people. Offering 5* individual lodges designed to make retirement what it must be: the best time of your life.

Baan Sammi
79 M. 6, Ban PaYangPoi,
T. PaLan,
A. Doi Saket,
Chiang Mai, 50220.
Thailand
Phone: +66 (0)53-868815,
Mobile: +66 (0)89-6339517.
Email: baansammi@gmx.net

Non-profit housing development for gay people in retirement, in Baan Sammi Nature Resort, 10 miles northeast of Chiang Mai (northern Thailand). Retirement homes offered, each with own character in contemporary and traditional Lanna style, lake front, mountain view, subtropical garden. The gay community, self-organizing, is providing all services including those specific for retirement like skilled nursing and continued care.

Rainbow Retire Resort Co., Ltd.
113/24 Moo 9
Huay Yai (on Phoenix Golf Course)
20150 Banglamung, Province Chon Buri
Thailand
Email
info@gaydreamresidence.com

Providing a luxury all-male residence for mature men near Pattaya. They offer short or longterm accomodation, with care and assistence, in studio apartments in a small luxious near Phoenix Golf Course at Huay Yai - south of Pattaya and next to a beautiful beach.

AUSTRALIA

Linton Estate
Ballan, Moorabool Shire, Victoria (between Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat).
Email:info@lintonestate.com.au

A $26 million project with 120 single storey independent living units, a village mini bus, 24/7 emergency system, tennis court, bowling green, club house, the first premier gay, lesbian and transgender retirement haven in Australia will be environment friendly – with solar HWS, grey water systems, water tanks, solar power, storm water lake and creek, it also boasts an open air theatre for twilight concerts. Construction is expected to begin in 2009.

 
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