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Sexuality and the Resident With Dementia

Recorded On: 09/10/2019

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This session provides a shared human and clinical perspective on how to approach matters of sexuality for all residents, but with focused considerations for those with dementia or other special needs.  The matters of consent, capacity and resident education will be addressed.  Suggested approaches will be offered for care planning for issues involving suspected sexual abuse, cases of unwanted sexual contact or contact in circumstances where one or both parties lack capacity to consent.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the regulatory requirements relative to Residents’ Rights for privacy, dignity and choice in matters of sexual expression;
  2. Create policy and procedure that supports compliance and quality care, addresses capacity and the special considerations for residents with dementia, mental illness or other cognitive or intellectual deficit; and
  3. Develop staff education and training programs that ensure sensitivity and appropriate accommodation of the human need for sexual expression.

Intended Audience: Appropriate to all staff, with a concentration on the clinical care team

Speaker: Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

Barbara Speedling (Moderator)

Quality of Life Specialist

Barbara Speedling Personally dedicated to the creation of meaningful, satisfying lives for all those who rely on another’s care

An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care. 

An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well.

Working from a core belief in the dignity and individuality of all people, Barbara has helped countless adult care communities implement her unique training and education programs that:


  • Improve the quality of care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Bring better quality of life to such residents, as well as to those who live with disease-related dementia, a mental illness, or a brain injury
  • Encourage staffers to use newly developed cultural empathy to form better relationships with those in their care
  • Offer new strategies for promoting harmony among increasingly diverse, younger and assertive populations
  • Open new pathways to maintaining regulatory compliance 
  • Support leadership and organizational development

In addition to her degree in healthcare administration, Barbara is an accomplished musician and artist.  She uses those talents to develop new and creative ways of reaching out to those who are cognitively diminished.  She was also certified in 2015 by Dr. Susan Wehry as a Master Trainer for the OASIS education program for improved care of residents with dementia.


The author of two books devoted to common sense advice for meeting the holistic needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging community, both Why is Grandma Screaming and Toward Better Behavior:  Yours Mine & Everyone Else’s are now widely distributed to staff members at community, residential and long-term care facilities across the country and in Canada.


Blessed with boundless energy and tireless enthusiasm, Barbara also volunteers in her free time to offer caregiver education and support to families who need it most.  Through her affiliations with local artists and musicians in her native New York City, she also arranges therapeutic music, dance and wellness programming that improves the quality of life for local seniors.


09/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  75 minutes
09/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  75 minutes