The challenges and opportunities in researching intimacy and sexuality in care homes accommodating older people

A feasibility study

Paul Simpson PhD Christine Brown Wilson PhD RN Laura J.E. Brown PhD Tommy Dickinson PhD RN Maria Horne PhD RGN First published: 27 July 2016

What are the study’s key findings?
  • Ageist erotophobic discourse can encourage the assumption of older care home residents as postsexual but some residents and staff can draw on counter‐discourses that resist/challenge such thinking.
  • While there are likely to be some moral reservations about researching sexuality and intimacy in aged care facilities, these could be eclipsed by support for such research, especially among care staff having to deal with complex dilemmas.
  • Study participants made recommendations about researching intimacy and sexuality in aged care facilities concerning the need to sample widely and for sensitive styles of questioning and communicating with (prospective) study participants.

Read in full at Source: The challenges and opportunities in researching intimacy and sexuality in care homes accommodating older people: a feasibility study – Simpson – 2017 – Journal of Advanced Nursing – Wiley Online Library

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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