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Addressing the Sexual Needs of Seniors

Published February 20, 2013 9:00 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Older adults have sexual needs, which have often been minimized by the rest of the population. Furthermore, older adults that live in nursing home environments also have sexual needs that often are left unaddressed. Although addressing the topic has often been a sticky subject, a British nursing home has recently made the news by addressing the sexual needs of their elderly in a less than commonly accepted therapeutic modality.  They have used prostitutes!

Chaseley nursing home in Eastbourne, England has allegedly been using prostitutes to come into the facility to address the sexual needs of their older adult clientele.  The Times of London writes that those that have these special sexual encounters meet with the prostitute in a special designated room of the facility that is often identified by a hanging "red sock" on the door to inform everyone that the room is currently being used for the sexual therapeutic intervention.

A former manager for the nursing care center says that the nursing home's use of prostitutes, which supposedly are acquired through a "third party contact," helps to serve the sexual needs of the elderly. According to the staff member, not only is this serving a therapeutic need of the individual, but once their sexual needs are satisfied, it helps to address the needs of the institutional environment as well, by preventing residents from touching or groping other residents due to unsatisfied sexual needs. 

Read more in this article from the Huffington Post.

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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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