Journal article

Supporting residents' expression of sexuality: the initial construction of a sexuality assessment tool for residential aged care facilities.

Michael Bauer, Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, Laura Tarzia, Rhonda Nay, Elizabeth Beattie

BMC Geriatrics | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sexuality is a key component of quality of life and well-being and a need to express one's sexuality continues into old age. Staff and families in residential aged care facilities often find expressions of sexuality by residents, particularly those living with dementia, challenging and facilities often struggle to address individuals' needs in this area. This paper describes the development of an assessment tool which enables residential aged care facilities to identify how supportive their organisation is of all residents' expression of their sexuality, and thereby improve where required. METHODS: Multi-phase design using qualitative methods and a Delphi technique. Tool items we..

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