Intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care: Ethical challenges in upholding sexual citizenship and a duty of care.
Dr. Catherine Cook
School of Nursing, College of Health, Massey University, New Zealand
As part of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Gerontological Masterclass Series
Dr.Catherine Cook will facilitate an opportunity to reflect on person-centred care, with a particular focus on the intimacy, sexuality and privacy needs and preferences that individuals and couples may have in aged residential care. Discourses of ageing readily construct people in residential aged care as post-sexual, vulnerable and at risk of sexual exploitation, and therefore expressions of intimacy and sexuality may be responded to as deviant and inherently risky.
Staff may manage decision-making tacitly, without recourse to policies and education. Where there are unattainable cognitive pre-conditions, the emphasis on curtailing risk may result in excessive paternalism,breaching resident rights and diminishing quality of life. An assessment of wellbeing is an essential component of ethical decision-making.
This class provides valuable insights for people practising in aged care and related fields who are keen to promote all dimensions of person-centred care, with the aim of balancing a duty of care with people’s wellbeing and right to autonomy.
Catherine Cook PhD, RN is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing at Massey University, Albany, New Zealand. She has for many years had clinical and research interests in the areas of sexuality,sexual health and sexual identity, particularly as these topics relate to marginalised and vulnerable populations.
DATE: 29th August 2018
Associate Professor Amanda Phelan
Associate Dean for Global Engagement,
Subject Head: Older Persons' Nursing,
Co-Director, National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD,
Admissions Tutor: Graduate Programmes.
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems,
Room B3.07, UCD Health Sciences Centre,
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4,
Tel: 01 7166482 Web:http://www.nmhs.ucd.ie