Currently, a third of Australian aged care residents are partnered, with many experiencing institutional interference in their relationships. Staff duty of care usually takes precedence over privacy. Some institutions separate couples; residents’ doors may be kept open; staff enter without knocking, ignore ‘do not disturb’ signs, or gossip about residents; all of which make privacy a challenge. This paper reports on findings from an online survey into the needs of partnered Baby Boomers (born 1946-65) and the levels of privacy that they anticipate they will require to maintain their primary relationships in residential aged care facilities. At a time marked by a policy shift towards consumer-directed residential aged care, it is pertinent to understand the needs of this subset of future consumers. Our research found that the majority of respondents expected to remain sexual indefinitely, considered physical intimacy with their partners essential to their wellbeing, and required a high degree of privacy to maintain their relationships. Respondents were asked to rate seven domains of privacy. Those considered most important were visual privacy, private space, and bodily privacy. This paper outlines various ways for service providers to prepare for the next generation of consumers, initiatives that would enable residents and their families to make informed decisions when choosing a facility, potentially improving the experiences of both residents and staff.
|Title of host publication||16th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Digging for gold : building success in ageing research : conference program and proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Perth|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing (16th : 2017): Digging for gold : building success in ageing - Technology Park Function Centre, Bentley, Perth, Australia|
Duration: 6 Nov 2017 → 7 Nov 2017
Conference number: 16th
|Conference||National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing (16th : 2017)|
|Period||6/11/17 → 7/11/17|
- aged care
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Rahn, A. (Recipient), Lykins, A. (Recipient), Jones, Tiffany (Recipient) & Bennett, C. (Recipient), 7 Nov 2017