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Title: Opening a Can of Worms: Consenting Partners in Aged Care
Contributor(s): Rahn, Alison (author); Lykins, Amy (author)orcid ; Bennett, Cary (author)orcid ; Jones, Tiffany (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: With Consumer Directed Care (CDC) on the horizon and a wave of baby boomers who are ageing, aged care providers need to be aware of and respect the desires and requirements of future 'consumers'. In contrast with current provider arrangements, funding is linked to the individual rather than the institution in a CDC model, with the likelihood that there will be greater demand for those facilities that meet emerging consumer expectations and offer couple-friendly environments. One group that has largely been ignored at all levels in residential care, from government policy to service provision, is couples, or partnered individuals. Situated within a broader study exploring the needs of partnered baby boomers, this paper investigates whether existing residential aged care facilities provide the conditions needed to facilitate the sexual and intimacy needs of partnered aged care residents. Such exploration is particularly pertinent at a time when the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy is being implemented. In this presentation we report on early findings of a phenomenological study using semi-structured interviews conducted in 2015 with 29 key informants with expertise and experience in aged care law, policy, practice, health, education, research and related service areas. Early findings suggest that difficult though necessary conversations are being avoided by older people, by those representing them, and by service providers. Recommendations for aged care providers include the need for comprehensive education and training in the areas of sexuality and intimacy with the aim to facilitate communication around residents' sexual needs and the formulation of individually tailored care plans. We believe that such initiatives would have the potential to create more positive outcomes for partnered older persons and aged care staff.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ERA 2015: 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Melbourne, Australia, 7th - 8th December, 2015
Conference Details: ERA 2015: 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Melbourne, Australia, 7th - 8th December, 2015
Source of Publication: Bringing Research to Life: 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing Program & Proceedings, p. 56-59
Publisher: National Ageing Research Institute
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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