When an older relative moves into a care home, we tend to think that chess, bingo and afternoon naps will take up most of their free time.
We certainly don’t think that they’ll be getting frisky.
But a recent survey found that most men and women in the UK are actually sexually active into their 90s.
So the Royal College of Nursing has written a detailed guide for care home workers to help deal with sexuality among residents, as it should be encouraged.
The guide covers everything from the rules around erectile dysfunction treatments to how to help older people increase their sexual activity.
Sex toys and pornography
It even suggests the use of sex toys and pornography to ramp up an OAP’s sex life.
Royal College of Nursing’s Dawne Garett said: “Just because people live in a care home doesn’t mean they lose the same rights, choices and responsibilities they once enjoyed in their home as long as these don’t impinge on the rights of other residents.
“Care home providers should develop policies that treat their residents’ sexuality with respect.
“They need to offer support and appropriate education for care home staff to ensure each resident is treated uniquely and best evidence to promote the health and wellbeing of residents, their partners, families and carers.”
AXA PPP healthcare supports the basis of this guide and appreciates that growing older doesn’t necessarily mean a person’s sex drive diminishes.
The healthcare firm has released top tips for those not just living in care homes but also those over a certain age.
Five top sex tips for the over 55s
1. Lubrication – As a woman’s hormone levels become lower during menopause, vaginal tissue can become thin and dry and sex can be uncomfortable for the woman.
Use of a lubricant can help to make sex more enjoyable for a women.
2. Take things slow – As people get older it may take longer for men and women to get aroused so foreplay is very important.
It will build up your sexual desire towards each other as well as reduce the risk of injury.
3. Making it work for you – Sex doesn’t have to be just a night-time pursuit. You might have more energy in the morning so it could be more beneficial then.
4. Different positions – Being adventurous with sex could pay off in older age.
Positions that aren’t traditional can be less painful and easier to carry out especially if you suffer from back pain, arthritis or other health conditions.
5. Preventing/treating erectile dysfunction – The condition affects nearly half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 to some degree.
Quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, improving diet and leading an active lifestyle can all help reduce the risk of erectile function.
And if it is unpreventable there are a number of treatments that can help such as viagra.
6. Protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – Whilst the post-menopausal woman is not able to fall pregnant, you’re still at risk of contracting an STI.
To avoid contracting an STI it’s best to use a condom.
It’s important to remember that condoms are made from latex and can only be used with water-based lubricants.
Find out more about STI’s on the AXA PPP healthcare website.
Source : https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/health/care-home-residents-should-spice-2261496