Let's talk about the 'S' word: supporting the sexuality and intimacy needs of care home residents

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


Basic human needs relating to sexuality, intimacy, and relationships are important for adults of all ages. However, for older people living in care homes, even the simple, intimate behaviours that many of us take for granted, such as sharing a cuddle with a partner, can become impossible. This can be particularly problematic for residents with cognitive impairment, or high levels of dependency, where issues of safeguarding, personal responsibility, and capacity to consent add complexity. Residents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) may face additional challenges, such as judgement, discrimination and social exclusion from others.
Period04 Oct 2018
Held atUniversity of Manchester, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational