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Intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care:

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B109-B110

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, Health Sciences' Building, University Collage Dublin

4 Belfield, Dublin 4

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As part of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Gerontological Masterclass series, Dr Catherine Cook will facilitate an opportunity to reflect on person-centred care, with a particular focus on the intimacy, sexuality and privacy needs and preferences that individuals and couples may have in aged residential care. Discourses of ageing readily construct people in residential aged care as post-sexual, vulnerable and at risk of sexual exploitation, and therefore expressions of intimacy and sexuality may be responded to as deviant and inherently risky. Staff may manage decision-making tacitly, without recourse to policies and education. Where there are unattainable cognitive pre-conditions, the emphasis on curtailing risk may result in excessive paternalism, breaching resident rights and diminishing quality of life. An assessment of wellbeing is an essential component of ethical decision-making. Catherine will provide results from her research team’s recent pilot study and discuss plans for a novel research project, which explores the ethical complexities surrounding this topic. This class provides valuable insights for people practising in aged care and related fields who are keen to promote all dimensions of person-centred care, with the aim of balancing a duty of care with people’s wellbeing and right to autonomy.

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School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, Health Sciences' Building, University Collage Dublin

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