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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sexuality Assessment Tool (SEXat) for residential care facilities

The Sexuality Assessment Tool (SEXat) for residential care facilities has been developed to help long-term care facilities support the expression of sexuality of residents, both with and without dementia.  There are many challenges long-term care staff must consider in regards to a residents sexual expression, including privacy (or lack thereof), staff attitudes and lack of staff education.  This assessment will inform facilities as to how they're doing when it comes to supporting sexual expression of residents.

The tool is divided into 7 sections: Facility Policies; Determining the Needs of the Older Person; Staff Education and Training; Information and Support for Older People; Information and Support for Families; The Physical Environment; Safety and Risk Management. Managers will go through the list and assess how well their facility is doing based on these indicators.

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