Although there have been huge strides for the gay community over the years, LGBT retirement homes are far and few in between. The Regnbagen House is the first of its kind in all of Europe, but will soon be joined by a similar enterprise in Spain. Located in Stockholm, Sweden, a country celebrated for its liberal ways, it caters to a community that is still experiencing discrimination in boomer culture.
With LGBT retirement homes already starting to open up in other parts of the world including Canada, Australia and the United States, it is only natural that one would sprout on European soil. Christer Fällman, 55, the chairman and youngest resident of Regnbagen House, says, "People want security in old age. They want closeness to other people, and not to be so lonely."
Sweden's Regnbagen House is a First for Europe
1. LGBT Retirement Homes - The rise of LGBT retirement homes provides an opportunity for real estate developers and retirement communities to tap into a previously underserved market.
2. Expanding Market - The expansion of LGBT retirement homes across different countries indicates a growing need for inclusive housing solutions, presenting prospects for construction and property management companies.
3. Combatting Discrimination - The emergence of LGBT retirement homes highlights the need for advocacy and support services specifically tailored for the aging LGBTQ+ community, creating scope for non-profit organizations and healthcare providers.
1. Real Estate Development - Real estate developers can seize the opportunity to design and construct retirement homes catering to the unique needs of the LGBT community.
2. Construction - With the increasing demand for LGBT retirement homes, construction companies have a chance to specialize in building inclusive housing for the aging LGBTQ+ population.
3. Non-profit Services - Non-profit organizations have the potential to provide advocacy, support, and tailored healthcare services to the growing population of aging LGBTQ+ individuals in LGBT retirement homes.