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Sexuality & Long-Term Care: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Older Adults Gayle Appel Doll

Sexuality & Long-Term Care: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Older Adults

Gayle Appel Doll

Published January 9th 2012
ISBN : 9781932529746
Paperback
267 pages
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Responding to the sexual desires of older adults in residential environments is widely recognized as a challenge by care staff, administrators, and family members. This new resource meets the challenge head on, exploring the issues surrounding sexualMoreResponding to the sexual desires of older adults in residential environments is widely recognized as a challenge by care staff, administrators, and family members. This new resource meets the challenge head on, exploring the issues surrounding sexual expression from all perspectives. It addresses the question of how, in an increasingly person-centered care culture, long-term care facilities balance individual resident rights against the needs and concerns of the community as a whole. Who decides what is appropriate or inappropriate, and how? The first book to take a person-centered approach to resident sexuality in long-term care, this groundbreaking training tool represents sexual expression as a significant part of personality, explains why it is important to honor longings for intimacy, and provides strategies for teaching staff how to effectively, respectfully, and compassionately acknowledge those needs. It will enlighten anyone who believes sexuality vanishes with age and offers solutions for navigating this highly charged issue. Informative, engaging, and instructive, this helpful resource builds upon case studies that illustrate potential issues surrounding resident sexuality in various long-term care settings. Each scenario creates opportunities for healthy discussion about how the staff handled the situation, what was done well and what wasnt, and how to improve the outcomes. Throughout the book, best care practices for supporting resident sexuality are validated by research. Long-term care administrators, nurses, social workers, counselors, direct care staff, ombudsmen, and others devoted to enhancing the quality of life in nursing homes will find answers to pressing questions surrounding sexuality, including * What is normal sexual expression in old age? * How does dementia affect sexuality? * What triggers inappropriate behaviors, and how can they be addressed and prevented? * What constitutes consent and/or competenc