Sexuality in long-term care residents – Crane Library Web Pick of the Week

Despite picportrayals of sexuality in popular media that are tied to youth and beauty, sexual desire does not necessarily fade with age. The need for intimacy and affection is still important to many residents living in long-term care facilities and sexuality is linked to their overall wellbeing and quality of life. However, this topic is a challenging one for many staff and family members, who may have trouble openly discussing the needs of residents in their care.

To help the families of people living in residential care and staff to be more informed about sexuality, researchers from the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care at La Trobe University have developed a new guideline called “Sexuality and people in residential aged care facilities: A guide for partners and families”.

Some of the issues covered in this resource include:

  • The importance of sexuality in old age
  • Sexuality and living in a long-term care facility
  • Sexuality and dementia
  • Sexual behaviours and their impact
  • How a facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility, can be supportive of the expression of sexuality

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