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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

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Barbara Speedling (Moderator)

Quality of Life Specialist

Innovations for Quality Living

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’s unique education and training programs have helped countless adult care communities achieve lasting improvements in quality care and quality of life.


09/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/10/2019
09/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/10/2019