Sex may be ‘a step too far’ in person-centred care for dementia sufferers

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

Care home practitioners and old age psychiatrists have been warned that they could face long jail sentences if they allow a patient with dementia to have sex even with a long-term partner.

The warning, delivered by Professor Peter Bartlett, Professor of Mental Health Law at Nottingham University to the Annual Conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, follows widespread concern in the care sector that staff might be at risk of prosecution under the Mental Capacity Act which came into force at the end of 2007.

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