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Title: Couples' Privacy in Residential Aged Care
Contributor(s): Rahn, Alison  (author)orcid ; Bennett, Cary  (author)orcid ; Jones, Tiffany  (author); Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017-11
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Abstract: Currently, a third of Australian aged care residents are partnered, with many experiencing institutional interference in their relationships. Staff duty of care usually takes precedence over privacy. Some institutions separate couples; residents' doors may be kept open; staff enter without knocking, ignore 'do not disturb' signs, or gossip about residents; all of which make privacy a challenge. This paper reports on findings from an online survey into the needs of partnered Baby Boomers (born 1946-65) and the levels of privacy that they anticipate they will require to maintain their primary relationships in residential aged care facilities. At a time marked by a policy shift towards consumer-directed residential aged care, it is pertinent to understand the needs of this subset of future consumers. Our research found that the majority of respondents expected to remain sexual indefinitely, considered physical intimacy with their partners essential to their wellbeing, and required a high degree of privacy to maintain their relationships. Respondents were asked to rate seven domains of privacy. Those considered most important were visual privacy, private space, and bodily privacy. This paper outlines various ways for service providers to prepare for the next generation of consumers, initiatives that would enable residents and their families to make informed decisions when choosing a facility, potentially improving the experiences of both residents and staff.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ERA 2017: 16th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Perth, Australia, 6th -7th November, 2017
Source of Publication: Digging for gold: Building success in ageing research, p. 49-51
Publisher: Curtin University
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
111702 Aged Health Care
160512 Social Policy
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420301 Aged health care
440712 Social policy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920206 Health Inequalities
940103 Ageing and Older People
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200204 Health inequalities
230102 Ageing and older people
200502 Health related to ageing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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