A difficult area well treated

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Always a subject fraught with difficulty, the issues surrounding care home residents¹ sexuality are very effectively set out and explored in this latest booklet from Counsel and Care. Sex and relationships ­ a guide for care homes is a slim booklet full of well-considered advice for care home managers and staff. While staunchly asserting resident¹s rights to be self-determining, the authors ­ Alison Clarke, Les Bright and Chris Greenwood ­ recognise that staff often find themselves in dilemmas about questions of consent, propriety and what is in the residents¹ best interests. The booklet is very effective in identifying the issues in a range of scenarios, encouraging care staff to examine situations in a professional, caring and non-judgmental manner, taking into account the feelings and rights of residents, relatives and staff members.The booklet is an excellent resource and has deservedly been awarded the Plain English Campaign Crystal Mark of Clarity. – Sex and relationships ­ a guide for care homes

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