“Assisted living is the rock we don’t want to look under,” said Catherine Hawes, a professor at Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center who conducted a national study of the system.

If you didn’t see this edition of Frontline on PBS the when it aired this summer, it’s worth watching on their web site.

Though the LGBTQ community isn’t the focus, just step back and think about the implications for us: the individuals whose stories are told all had families who cared deeply about them, and who apparently did their best to look after their interests.  Many LGBTQ seniors don’t have this kind of support network, and lack active advocates on their behalf.

So, what can be done to ensure that our wellbeing is assured when we need to move to residential care?