Cocktail of over protectiveness and other factors do not let care takers to allow dementia patients to indulge in consensual sexual relationships. The issue was put forth by a group of researchers, from the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, which is being situated in La Trobe University.
The study researchers got to know about many complexities surrounding the issue. They came to certain issues, which have made them to think hard, that how they can make sure that sexual rights of dementia patients remain with them only.
So, they are able to protect them and exercise them when they want. The research has unveiled certain facts, like staff has certain apprehensions on allowing dementia patients to have sexual relationships.
After talking to care takers, the study researchers got to know that staff thinks that sex may or may not safe for dementia patients; reaction of family, friends and outsiders to know such activities are allowed in the care home.
The study, which has been published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, has found that there is a need that care homes should provide more freedom to dementia patients. "Privacy remains a problem, with residents often not able to lock their doors and most rooms equipped only with single beds", said study researchers.