How Diversity and Inclusion Enhance the Independent Living Experience

Posted on 09/12/2022

We want to elevate your life in some manner. Personal growth and the development of interests and talents are made possible by diversity and inclusion. We bring people together within LivGenerations and the community at large through our initiative, which encourages us to include individuals different from ourselves into our inner circles and talks. For us, welcoming people from various backgrounds is the greatest approach to living an open-minded existence, therefore we advocate creating an environment of full inclusion where everyone is welcome to participate.

 

Diversity and inclusiveness are essential components of every independent living community to us. Our culture is built on connections. Our interactions should be about service, respect, and creating a pleasant environment. A little kindness may go a long way.

 

The Meaning of Diversity  

By 2060, the proportion of non-Caucasian residents will be 43% in America, according to scientists. In 2014, about one-third of older people in California, New Mexico, and Hawaii spoke a language other than English at home. Around one-fifth of Texans and New Yorkians were non-English speakers at home.

 

We all live in a diverse world, which implies that we interact with people who are different from us everyday. This includes race, gender, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, spoken language, socioeconomic status, disability, and immigration status.

 

Intersectionality is a term that refers to the way in which various aspects of identity (race, gender, religion, culture, nationhood) interact. We must be vigilant since certain qualities may be used to justify discrimination against others. When diverse elements combine to influence a person's life, we call it intersectionality.

The Meaning of Inclusion  

Inclusion promotes diversity. Inclusion is focused on listening to and understanding the voices and viewpoints of all of the different people in our lives. Individuals who are rejected by society may become isolated, sad, or anxious.

 

Inclusion entails that we do not exclude certain groups from our society, and that a wide range of people are welcome. Social power can be used to keep various folks out. Microaggressions and prejudices that operate below the radar may be used to infringe on others' rights.

 

Diversity and inclusion in independent living is not just about recognizing differences; it's also about celebrating them. Another component of the equation is respect. People must be made aware that they may be themselves in their own space and that they are appreciated and valued. Everyone should have equal access to opportunities.

Why Diversity and Inclusion are so Valued in Senior Living  

Diversity enriches everything around it, including personal growth, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Having a vibrant and healthy community in senior living means having a community that embraces difference and includes everyone. We celebrate, share, and value the diversity at the heart of our retirement communities.

 

Unfortunately, there are no magic bullets. Diversity exists, and we need inclusion. Our concept of ourselves is varied, as evidenced by imagery and public exposure. We proceed to establish peer support networks where individuals who share particular characteristics can meet and support one another.

 

After that, we demonstrate an interest in integrating difference. We accomplish this by actively promoting diversity in all areas of the community. This might imply programs that are both diverse and multicultural, but it also implies having difficult discussions. With community members and employees, as well as our thoughts and understandings, we must seek out diversity actively.

 

We all benefit from diversity. We can make things better for everyone by defending those who are different and unique. We must also demonstrate solidarity and empathy. Even if we cannot walk in someone else's shoes, we may still comprehend what it's like to have a heavy burden on our back. At LivGenerations, we'll do what we do best: serve a variety of distinct people.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at LivGenerations  

We live in a diverse world. Our independent living and assisted living communities are home to people from many backgrounds, and they will only become more varied in the future.

 

On all levels, we encounter barriers to inclusion. Racism, for example, can be interpersonal in nature and manifest itself as prejudice and bigotry. Internalized racism may lead to self-hatred or Stockholm syndrome. Institutionalized racism is another type that exists (often covertly) in institutions such as education, healthcare, and housing. Finding the racism might be tough; let alone dismantling it. Racism's impact is segregation and separation.

We Strive for Diversity  

People from all sorts of walks of life live in our communities. We must embrace our many languages, religions, ideas, and holidays. As a result, we develop and progress, becoming greater than we were before.

 

We are not all baby boomers. We are not all the same color or religion. What we share is a vibrant community that grows and changes together. By allowing other people and different viewpoints into our lives, we demonstrate our openness of mind. Seniors come in many shapes and sizes, therefore senior living must do so as well.

 

Senior housing residents are typically non-diverse in terms of race (95 percent Caucasian), but community leaders claimed that their staffs are more diverse, with 51% Caucasian, 25% black, 17% Hispanic, and the rest as Asian and other races.

 

We have a diversity model for each of our communities. To ensure that we meet our diversity and inclusion goals, the leadership team must measure and document our progress at all company levels.

A Culture of Inclusion at LivGenerations  

We believe that genuine integration and inclusion can only happen through a dynamic culture, one in which we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. And while these views may be difficult to reconcile with our long-held ideas, they're also crucial to understanding what's going on out there. When presented with opposing viewpoints, it's vital that we can respect them, debate them, and adopt new perspectives if necessary. We must strive for true integration and inclusion through our diversity. Diversity alone will not suffice; instead, we aim for true inclusion and peaceful coexistence.

 

What should we do? We raise the voices of diverse older adults. We acknowledge the importance of belonging and collaborate with local culturally competent organizations to expand operations and services. In doing so, we incorporate the skills and backgrounds of our residents into our services.