“Joseph Rieckhoff relished the palm trees and mountain views from his ranch-style home in Palm Springs, Calif. But when routine tasks became too onerous for the 88-year-old, and he couldn’t walk, prepare meals or take medicine without aid, he realized he couldn’t remain there alone.
He decided it was time to move into an assisted-living community. But as he began shopping around, he got worried. “A lot of people still don’t like gays,” says the retired banking executive who came out of the closet decades ago. “I don’t want to have to hide who I am…”