The Last Taboo: a Guide to Dementia, Sexuality, Intimacy and Sexual Behaviour in Care Homes

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The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC–UK) is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. It develops ideas, undertakes research and creates a forum for debate.

This publication, aimed at care home staff and managers, can be downloaded in PDF format.  It not only provides essential information on this aspect of dementia care, but also offers practical advice to support current work-based practices.

Set out in an accessible and easy-to-read format, this guide includes case studies, questions, suggestions and a self-assessment quiz to promote easy learning. It also provides a possible pathway for care home managers to develop a guiding policy on sexual expression in dementia.

The case studies are helpful with practical examples of how to understand the needs of residents to express sexuality and intimacy.

Related pathway points of the Dementia Competency Framework: