Research to promote sex in care homes

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

Counsel and Care, a charity which provides advice and help for older people, is planning a campaign to give many older people in homes access to the joys of sex – if that is what they want. The charity has received government funding to carry out research into how homes providing long term care deal with issues relating to sex and their residents. Counsel and Care general manager Jeff Smith said that for many older people in homes, enjoying any sort of sex was out of the question. “This may be because of physical difficulties, but a great deal is possible with a little help from a friend,” Mr Smith said. “It may be for lack of a partner – choice is pretty limited if you cannot get out of the building you live in. It may be due to a lack of privacy – a few more ‘Do not disturb’ signs, and staff trained to observe them, would certainly help. Most of all it is likely to be a matter of prejudice. Sex, it is often presumed, is only for the youthful.” In its two year research project, Counsel and Care plans to iden

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